What does that mean?
Alrighty, I’m going to cover this again and put it under Adrenaline for easy access from now on.
During my attendance at the University of Texas in 1996, I took a class called Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terminology. The class included prefixes, base components and suffixes of words commonly found in the field of medicine.
I took a particular liking to the prefix AUT (which means self). Shortly thereafter, I needed to come up with an email address for changes that were occurring with the compuer system on campus. I decided to add the word TERRIFIC (which means either extraordinary or terrifying) to AUT. I thought that the combination was an interesting dichotomy of human nature (I.e. self-extraordinary or self-terrifying).
However, my husband (the science whiz) thought he had it figured out when we first exchanged emails. Several months into our relationship, I had been wondering why he never asked what it meant. I finally asked him one day why he hadn’t questioned me about the name. He said, “I know what it means. Terrific Gold…exactly what I’ve found.” (In chemistry, AU is the chemical symbol for gold.) Sweet, huh?
There you go.