“这与我们想别人怎么看我们,但它不仅仅是一个关心别人怎么想”Dooley(185 – 188)。
The meanings of words tend to take on several facets of usage. These meanings can change over time and space. One example is the form of address for kings in ancient times used to be ‘Your Awful Majesty’ connoting that the presence of the monarch evoked awe in the minds of his or her subjects. Later on the word ‘awe’ was used to describe surprise, wonder and even to some extend fear and disgust but in the present time the word ‘awesome’ has taken on the garb virtually of a slang. The entire gamut of descriptive words that may be used to describe a pretty, wonderful, awe-inspiring or even a magnificent performance is described in one single word – ‘Awesome’. Apparently the youth of today has hooked onto one word that is the answer to all situations!
“It relates to what we would like others to think of us, but it is not merely a concern with what others think” (Dooley 185-188).
Similarly ‘Vanity’ in times of yore connoted the excessive pride one felt in one’s appearance, displaying the feeling of being pompous and vainglorious. These days how a word like vanity is used is totally different. The interesting aspect of the usage of this word and others like it is that the meaning has a strange evolution and can go from a totally positive to a totally negative meaning while the vice versa is also true.