*Old English framian “to profit, be helpful, avail, benefit,” from fram (adj., adv.) “active, vigorous, bold,” originally “going forward,” from fram (prep.) “forward; from” (see from). Influenced by related Old English fremman “help forward, promote; do, perform, make, accomplish,” and Old Norse fremja “to further, execute.” Compare German frommen “avail, profit, benefit, be of use.”








This is plainly an etymological conversation about the word frame, albeit the visual one. We can roughly define frame as a structure that can support, bear, contain or decorate an object. In same fashion, one can say that bottles are frames for liquids, clothes are frames for bodies, books are frames for letters and so on. Frames are of great significance in the real, symbolic and imaginary world. The frame can stand as a metaphor for the human body. We can also symbolically ‘frame-up’ a person or even use a frame narrative when we tell a story within a story.