is there a link between mean and meantime???
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14 Oct. 2010
From Joe the screwball:
The word 'mean' and 'means' in the plural have so many 'meanings', as noun, adjective, verb and adverb as well, that it could take pages to talk about it.
As you probably know, in the film title "Mean streets", the adj.'mean' means 'of poor status' like in
- a mean quarter of the city
- mean slums
Meantime in one single word:
as a noun: an interval of time
as an adverb = meanwhile
It seems to me obvious that here the etymology uses mean as meaning 'intermediate', having a middle position between two points.
How does that grab you?