LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/SET/2009 8:57 AM|
|Assunto:||Fast vs Quick|
Both fast and quick have other now less-common meanings:
"I am stuck fast" ('fast" can mean un-moveable, firm, as in 'steadfast')
"they began to fast" (fast can mean to not eat, as in the word 'breakfast')
'fast' in the modern sense of 'speedy' is a quirky word; it has no anglo-saxon form but was adopted directly from Scandinavian.
"you cut me to the quick, sir" (quick here means the hidden live part, for instance when one cuts away dead bark on a twig to expose the live green layer, that is the 'quick')
So when one speaks of quick as in rapidity, quick motion, it speaks essentially as full of life - lively, quickly. It is more naturally applied to something living therefor, than to something inanimate.
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