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August 20th, 2009 - 12:32 am § in word origins

August Words

school. the oldest meaning I can find is “to hold, hold in one’s power, to have”. the word scheme shares this root. that root comes from PIE. in French, the word for school is école. in general, the rule about “é” in French is that it turns into “s” in English (écol[...]

August 20th, 2009 - 12:24 am § in word origins

10 Things to Know About Me

10 things about me… My favorite website is the Online Etymology Dictionary. I read the OED for fun. No, I don’t have my own copy. But my birthday is coming up! One of my favorite foods is squash (in particular, kabocha). The word squash comes from the Algonquian word askutasquash, which[...]