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peace (2)

zero derivation; verb
Peace, V - To leave [Metaphorical conversion from Noun to Verb of original root morpheme, no new affixes added]
 
Word doesn't seem to apply to a particular social group, and the speaker's motive is unclear, as the word does not seem to add any sort of emphasis/feeling over merely saying 'leave.'
Etymology : The usage of this word as verb seems to show origin in the practice of wishing people 'peace' as you leave a conversation or meeting (ie, 'I'm going to leave guys, peace'). The word shows conversion from noun to verb, taking the idea of a goodbye wish and transforming it into the action of departing. Peace comes from Anglo-Norman peas to Old French paix meaning 'to have tranquil relationships with' (OED).
Source : 'I'm going to peace guys, later.' - Member of Rice club - Sept 2008
Last modified: 22 November 2008


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