Untangling the Mystery: What Does Fell Mean?

Have you ever heard someone use the word 'fell' in a sentence and wondered what it meant? Maybe they said something like "I fell for him" or "He's quite fell". If so, then you're not alone. The truth is that the word 'fell' can have several different meanings depending on the context in which it's used.

Untangling the Mystery: What Does Fell Mean?

But don't worry, dear reader! You've come to the right place because we're going to untangle this mystery together. By the end of this article, you'll be able to understand exactly what people mean when they say things like "She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her…she's just so fell."

So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn (or whatever snack makes your taste buds tingle), and let's dive deep into the realm of English language vocabulary!

It All Started With Old English

As with many words in our language today, 'fell' originally comes from Old English. In those days long gone by ('in ye olde days', as some would put it), 'fell' referred simply to a hill or mountain range - think of William Wordsworth frolicking around Cumbria whilst scribbling down poetic musings.

Fast-forward centuries later and somehow we get from mountains to emotions…so how did that happen?

Meaning #1: To Cut Down A Tree

The first definition of 'fell' that is helpful to remember means essentially cutting down trees (please don’t quote us – lumberjacks might take offense) . Its etymology stems from an old usage describing felling timber; hence why one could say “the lumberjack bent over his fallen tree far below” maybe adding a syrupy accent if desired.

But Let’s Get Real…

Let’s ponder more on feelings . When somebody says "I fell for him" or "She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her…she's just so fell", they mean something different altogether - and it’s most likely not the first meaning mentioned previously. Of course, unless your friend group are all botanists.

Meaning #2: To Be Captivated By Something Or Someone

Gotcha! The second definition of 'fell' that you probably want to keep in mind is more to do with emotions than logging (though there might be some overlap there!) (what do we know?) . In this usage, 'fell' means that you're captivated by someone or something; taken aback by their presence or charm. Essentially, when 'fell' is used in a phrase like "I really fell hard for her," it implies a deeper level of attraction – think cupid aimed straight at your heart.

Not Confused Enough Yet?

Fear not my dear Watsons because things only get better from here actually…

There are two other spellings which are quite similar as well. One being FEEL and one FOWL. Yes, fowl like “that chicken is--” but no! It’s got nothing to do with poultry.

Table showing Distinctions between Fell/Feel/Foul
Fell- Past tense form refers essentially cutting down trees. Used less commonly now; alternative expression would include “chopped down”.
Feel- Usually renders sensation such as touch or gradually gaining emotion regarding somebody/something
Foul- Marking an act considered illegal/disgraceful based on somebody else’s judgement

It's certainly interesting (and potentially maddening) how many variations of common words exist within our language alone --- I hope the above table may have cleared up any remaining confusion!

Well…quite honestly it may not make that much difference. There are so many words within our language and a lot of them have multiple definitions. However, given the number of idioms that rely on 'fell' it wouldn't hurt to understand how to use it in conversation more effectively.

Now next time someone says "He's quite fell," you'll know exactly what they mean (or at least will appear as though you do) – so don’t be an uns1gHtly d00fus: learn these weird word things!


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