Hello everyone, this is Rose here for Sunday Scribblings. It’s been awhile since I’ve written for a prompt here. This weeks prompt is ‘Powerful’.
1297, from Anglo-Fr. pouair, O.Fr. povoir, noun use of the infinitive in O.Fr., “to be able,” earlier podir (842), from V.L. *potere, from L. potis “powerful” (see potent). Meaning “a state or nation with regard to international authority or influence” is from 1726. The verb meaning “to supply with power” is recorded from 1898. Powerful is c.1400. Powerhouse “building where power is generated” is from 1881; fig. sense attested from 1915. Power-broker (1961) said to have been coined by T.H. White in ref. to the 1960 U.S. presidential election. Phrase the powers that be is from Rom. xiii.1. As a statement wishing good luck, more power to (someone) is recorded from 1842.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper
This definition above is fairly typical of the English language. It is the most powerful language when it comes to creating new words and incorporating words from other cultures.
1. having or exerting great power or force.
2. physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete.
3. producing great physical effects, as a machine or a blow.
4. potent; efficacious: a powerful drug.
5. having great effectiveness, as a speech, speaker, description, reason, etc.
6. having great power, authority, or influence; mighty: a powerful nation.
7. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. great in number or amount: a powerful lot of money.
[Origin: 1350–1400; ME powarfull. See power, -ful]
The question being do I feel powerful?Definition #1 doesn’t apply, nor does #2. I don’t exert power or force in any way. Definition #3 also does not apply nor does #4. Numbers six and seven refer to other means of power, which leaves only #5.
Do I Rose have ‘great effectiveness’ in my words? That would be determined by you, my readers. Certainly in terms of influence and understanding, my power is extremely limited. However, definition #5 clearly states that any person, place or thing can be powerful and that power is granted by outside forces rather than from within. It also implies that being powerful is a neutral state of being and can be used for any purpose.
So again, am I Rose a powerful person?
If being powerful means that people are affected by my words and thereby change their opinions or view of the world, then yes, Rose Dewy Knickers as a multiple personality is powerful.