Friday, August 05, 2022
Speech Styles of the Rich and Famous
His reaction last week was guttural, like mine.Guttural (from Latin guttur = throat), meaning "relating to the throat," is unrelated to gut (Old English guttas, Germanic *gut-, Proto-Indo-European *gheu- = pour), meaning "bowels, entrails". If you have a gut reaction to something, your reaction isn't guttural, it's visceral.
On guttural as a mistake for visceral see:
- Dot Wordsworth, "Does Meghan Markle know what 'guttural' means?" The Spectator (June 30, 2022)
- Benjamin Zimmer, "Guttural Politics" Language Log (November 6, 2005)