Born in the purple
What is the meaning and origin of born in the purple?
Is there a difference between to learn something by heart and to learn something by rote?
What is the meaning of 'I dare say'?
Born in the purple was a term originally used to describe members of royal families, although the term has grown to include all children born of prominent or high ranking parents. A similar expression is to be born "with a silver spoon in your mouth."
To learn by heart means to learn something so well that it can be written or recited without thinking. It means to memorize something.
To learn by rote means to learn through repetition and to commit information to memory in a highly structured way.
Learning by wrote is the action you use in order to learn something by heart. They are very similar in meaning.
I dare say means that I am quite certain of it. I dare say you have asked several good questions. Also, I daresay, which mean I presume, or assume, this to be likely. I daresay you'll be invited . This usage is more common in Britain than in America.
I used to think it meant that I was taking a chance in saying something, but I researched it and found out I have been wrong all this time!
|link||answered Apr 17 '12 at 06:39 Tony Proano Expert|
The story behind the story. Before the early Roman Imperial period, there was no satisfactory dye for the color purple -- all would quickly fade to light blue or gray. Finally, dye-makers at Tyre (Lebenon) succeeded in making a successful dye from a type of seashell found there. Although the mollusc is found worldwide, the dye-makers succeeded in keeping their formula a secret for several generations and held a monopoly on the dye.
Of course their prices were high and only the very wealthy could afford purple clothing. During this period, the color purple became associated with royalty and wealth. Later, when purple dye became more widely available, social-norms, and in some kingdoms the law, reinforced the association of purple with royalty.
|link||answered Apr 17 '12 at 14:15 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow|
'Born in the purple' simply means born in affluence i.e. born in a prominent family where you lack nothing. A similar expression is to be born "with a silver spoon in your mouth."
To learn by heart means to learn something so well that it is understood and you can conveniently explain it in your own words. And rote learning is more of cram work i.e. learning inorder to be able to repeat from memory rather than to understand. So learning by rote is the action you use in order to learn something by heart i.e through constant repetition.
'I dare say' affirms certainty, free of any doubts, I am so sure of what I have to say.
|link comment||answered Apr 22 '12 at 21:21 Perpetua New member|
Born in the purple or Porphyrogeniture was the legal justification put forward by Henry the first, the youngest son of William the Conqueror, to supercede his older brother Robert as King of England. Robert was born before Henry (Primogeniture) but Henry was the first born after their father, William, became King. He was born in the Purple. (Porphyrogeniture).
|link comment||edited Jun 21 '13 at 18:21 joe burgess New member|
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