How did people describe "electric" experiences before electricity?
December 20, 2006 8:17 AM Subscribe
How did people describe "electric" experiences before electricity? I got to wondering when someone described the feeling of being pressed up against someone as "electric"...surely people had that experience (for example) before it meant "like invisible power" or "tingly all over"?
posted by paul_smatatoes to Writing & Language (25 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, so the etymology is that it comes from "electrum", meaning "amber", which could be used to generate a static charge that would attract bits of hay, etc. Surely people didn't say, "oh, this powerful, exciting feeling is just like dander sticking to amber!"