said. ... Hahaha!
Given my natural tendency, I probably ought to create a list for myself so when I edit and revise I can do searches on However, Actually, Usually, and so forth!
I think it's a great word I use in writing all the time. But it's a word used in making arguments and explanation done in writing. I can't really see it being used well in fiction. Specifically is another such word. I don't avoid them, but I don't even see places where they could be used.Personally I try my best to avoid the word however; I do so because of how often I use it. If I were to write without checking my paragraphs every couple of minutes That word would infect the majority of sentence starters.
I don't know either. From the etymologies I've seen, evil's denotation of badness comes all the way from Proto-Indo-European.>Evil originally meant 'uppity'.
I'm not sure where John Ayto gets that from. The word has meant "bad" in one sense or another for a very long time and across Germanic languages. It may be he is emphasizing the "ueber" part, but it may also be that people are quoting him out of context. None of the articles I found did more than reproduce the quote from Ayto, without providing a citation. Just because the root of the word means something like "overstepping accepted limits" doesn't necessarily mean the derived word meant "uppity." As far back as we see the word used (9thc or so), it means something closer to "bad" or "ill" without the specifically Christian overtones.
Sorry about jumping in there. It's sort of trigger for me when I hear "originally meant" or "really meant". Words are incredibly complex and malleable, and are used by beings who are even more complex and malleable. The greatest etymologist of them all was Humpty Dumpty. <grin>
What I really ought to say, more politely, is that "uppity" may well have been one connotation, but probably not the only one.
I don't use swearing in narrative unless it's an integral part of the viewpoint character's voice. When I'm writing dialogue, however, especially modern colloquial dialogue...let's just say that my inner college student comes out on the page.I never use swear words.