It didn’t have to be Hail especially, just a word which is doing more than one job in the English language.
I was struggling to decide what H in the A-Z Blogging Challenge should be, so I opened my dictionary on H, and was struck by how many words do double, triple, quadruple jobs.
So let’s take Hail. It’s both a noun and a verb; a thing and an action. Twice each. Totally disconnected meanings.
Noun – frozen rain, and a greeting
Verb – to rain down, and to make a greeting.
Is it just me that finds how language evolves, fascinating? How was it decided to make some words do double duty, or more? Did we just get lazy? * Nah, can’t think of a name for that, just call it hail, no one will notice*