24-V by R o g e r

 

Jefferson R Kean, Office of Medical History

Are you full of VIM and VIGOR?

The term VIM and VIGOR means VITALITY, energy, robust health. Ebullient vitality and energy, as in “He was full of VIM and VIGOR after that swim.” This redundant expression uses both VIM and VIGOR in the sense of “energy” or “strength.”

The first word, VIM, means high energy, great enthusiasm. VIM first appeared in the United States in 1843. Some etymologists believe that VIM is derived from the Latin word VIS, which means strength, energy, power. However, other etymologists believe that the word VIM was simply invented. VIM is rarely seen outside the term VIM and VIGOR.

The word VIGOR also means VITALITY, energy, robust health. It dates from the 1300s and is derived from the Latin word VIGOREM, which means activity, liveliness.

Since the words VIM and VIGOR have the same meaning, the plural noun is known as a tautology. A tautology is a phrase or term that states the same idea twice using different words in order to strengthen the meaning. The term VIM and VIGOR first appeared in the mid-1800s, its use peaked in the 1940s. VIM and VIGOR is primarily an American term.

Why does “VIM” only exist with “VIGOR”? I know at least one example of VIM paired with other words: Pep, VIM, and VERVE.

I hope you have the VIM and VIGOR necessary to VISIT some of our new and VETERAN ABC Wednesday participants.

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