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meaning of a word -godspeed-

vahanm

vahanm

United States

I want to know what is the meaning of this word
Godspeed
thanks

09:31 PM May 04 2006 |

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cougarcar1

Viet Nam

i hope this helps
Noun
Godspeed
An expression of respect and good will when addressing someone, typically someone about to go on a journey or a daring endeavor.
The word Godspeed is used to wish a person good fortune or success, as on starting a journey, a new business, etc. It is usually found in expressions of the sort “to bid (a person) Godspeed.”
A few examples: “Evangelist, after he had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God-speed. So he went on with haste…” (John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress); ”’I’m wishing you God-speed, Hattersley,’ cried Arthur, ‘and aiding you with my prayers’” (Anne Brontë Tenant of Wildfell Hall); “Rowland at the garden gate was giving his hostess Godspeed on her way to church” (Henry James, Roderick Hudson); “Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall and wished him God-speed” (James Joyce, Dubliners).
Godspeed is a nominalization of the phrase God speed (you), understanding which depends on two things: speed in this sense means ‘to prosper; succeed’, which is now archaic, but which is the original sense of the word; and the verb is subjunctive, expressing a wish, with the entire phrase meaning “may God cause you to succeed.” Semantic parallels are such common expressions as God bless you or God forbid!; another nominalization is goddamn (as in “I don’t give a good goddamn what you think”), shortened from “God damn you”.
The word Godspeed (which can also be written God-speed) is from Middle English, first found in personal names in the thirteenth century.
Retrieved from “http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Godspeed”

10:01 AM May 05 2006 |

cougarcar1

Viet Nam

meaning of a word godspeed 05:01 AM May 05 2006
I hope this helps
Noun
Godspeed
An expression of respect and good will when addressing someone, typically someone about to go on a journey or a daring endeavor.
The word Godspeed is used to wish a person good fortune or success, as on starting a journey, a new business, etc. It is usually found in expressions of the sort “to bid (a person) Godspeed.”
A few examples: “Evangelist, after he had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God-speed. So he went on with haste…” (John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress); ”’I’m wishing you God-speed, Hattersley,’ cried Arthur, ‘and aiding you with my prayers’” (Anne Brontë Tenant of Wildfell Hall); “Rowland at the garden gate was giving his hostess Godspeed on her way to church” (Henry James, Roderick Hudson); “Eight years before he had seen his friend off at the North Wall and wished him God-speed” (James Joyce, Dubliners).
Godspeed is a nominalization of the phrase God speed (you), understanding which depends on two things: speed in this sense means ‘to prosper; succeed’, which is now archaic, but which is the original sense of the word; and the verb is subjunctive, expressing a wish, with the entire phrase meaning “may God cause you to succeed.” Semantic parallels are such common expressions as God bless you or God forbid!; another nominalization is goddamn (as in “I don’t give a good goddamn what you think”), shortened from “God damn you”.
The word Godspeed (which can also be written God-speed) is from Middle English, first found in personal names in the thirteenth century.
Retrieved from “http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Godspeed”

10:03 AM May 05 2006 |

vahanm

vahanm

United States

thanks so much for the meaning
Actually I saw in a spiderman movie when Goblin wanted to kill spiderman he said “godspeed spiderman”
so I think after your explanation it’s
the second meaning “God damn you” or “Good bye spiderman”
thanks
Vahan

07:25 AM May 06 2006 |