No Matter How You Say It: Forgiveness

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Word Origin

Forgive comes from the Old English forgiefan. It was a compound word combining the prefix meaning “up” or “away” with the word meaning “to give”. Can you see how forgive is giving up a claim against someone?

Sign Language

Check out the following links from for the American Sign Language interpretation of the words



Can you see how forgiveness brushes away a hurt? For bitter, there are two signs. One for bitter as in taste and the other is resentment. The taste is one jab at your chin. Resentment is multiple jabs at your chin. Can you see how resentment hurts yourself?

Forgiveness Idioms

Forgive and Forget
Water under the Bridge
Turn the other cheek
Bury the Hatchet
Hold a grudge
Got a chip on his shoulder

From Quizlet

In Other Languages

Spanish – perdón

French – le pardon

German – Vergebung

Italian – perdono

Swedish – förlåtelse

Basque – barkamena

Portugese – perdão