Prestige (sociology)


Prestige (sociology)

Prestige is a word commonly used to describe reputation or esteem, though it has three somewhat related meanings that, to some degree, may be contradictory. Which meaning applies depends on the historical context and the person using the word.

Originally, "prestige" referred to pomposity, which was taken as a sign of poor taste. In this regard, the word had strictly negative connotations. Indeed, the root of the word "prestige" comes from the Latin "præstigum", meaning a delusion or a trick. In some Romance languages "prestige" retains this original meaning.

Prestige has also come to be known as the finishing act in a magician's trick, a finale of sorts, where, for example, the object of the magician's trick is returned from disappearance or a woman reappears unharmed from a box of swords. A magician's trick is divided into 3 parts: the pledge, the turn, and the prestige. The pledge is where he dares to dramatize his act; the turn, where he makes the item disappear; and finally the prestige, where the disappeared item reappears.Fact|date=May 2008 This is commonly made apparent in the novel and film of the same name.Similar-sounding in name, Prestidigitator (one who has fast fingers) is also another word for a magician, due to the way in which many magicians accomplish their tricks.

ee also

* Prestige dialect
* Occupational prestige
* Prestige Food And Drink


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