LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/FEV/2006 10:00 AM|
|Assunto:||Unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached...|
"aloof" is an interesting word. It derives from 'luff', a nautical
term. It means - literally - to stay to the windward of something -
especially the rocky shoreline. So figuratively it has come to mean to
stay away, or above, from something. To be superior and seperate.
'Uninterested' and 'disinterested' have a subtle difference. One can find something uninteresting -dull, boring, etc, for any reason. It is usually a preconception. But disinterest is generally something that happens to one - "I have become disinterested in that subject", or it is more active and aggressive than mere uninterest: "his disinterest was discouraging".
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