wondering about the origins of just doing something

asked 2020-07-11 17:14:08 -0400

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I'm somewhat interested in origins. I'm a native English speaker and born in the USA. Where did it come from that we use just when talking about a recently occurring event, like I just did it ? I saw just comes from the latin word for righteous. I remember in school learning that in French they say for i just did it, literally, "I come from doing it" (je viens de le faire) that doesn't work in English, but it makes more sense logically to me, it's obvious where it "came" from. When I learned that, i thought i'd being taking just for granted, I just learned it that way as a child, without wondering why we say it that way.

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