I’m a bit busy again today, so just popping my head in!
Quick is an interesting word: its most obvious meaning is fast, but some may not be aware that it also used to mean alive. When one considers that it came from the old English cwic, meaning alert or animated, one can see how it could branch out from there to mean either fast or alive.
One of the most common phrases that still uses the old meaning of the word is the quick and the dead. It originally comes from the Bible:
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.1 Peter 4:3–5
The phrase cut to the quick (to deeply hurt someone, often in a personal way) also uses the word in a similar way. In this case it means a vital organ or other body part.
And if you’ve ever pondered over the fact that quicksand is actually quite slow, well, that’s because its name actually means living sand! On account of how it moves, you see.
Got to quickly go now, catch you tomorrow!