Thoughtful – To be filled with memories

Thoughtful – has two meanings, one is showing care and consideration of others, the other is to be absorbed in thought.

Its first use in relation to the care of others is the most recent and is really a drilling down of the wider meaning, originally to be absorbed in thoughts of others, its first known usage was in 1851. In its wider context, being absorbed in thought about anything, it dates back to the 1200s in Britain and was a combination of ‘Thought’ and ‘full’.

‘Thought’ comes from the old English ‘thoht’ which meant ‘to think’ and comes from the Old Germanic word (bizarrely) ‘Gedächtnis’ which meant memory, a little less obscurely, the ‘ful’ part comes, of course, from ‘full’ and is also germanic in origin.

 

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