up in the late twelfth century but
back then it was only in a Christian context, and it took a few decades for it
to mean “strong emotion”, and then things like sexual love and strong liking.
It comes from the Old Frenchpassion and Late Latinpassionem, suffering or enduring, and
can be traced to the classical
Latinpati, to suffer.
I really want to know what happened in those few centuries that made it turn
from suffering to strong emotion, because that sounds like a hell of a leap.
Adore showed up
in the late fourteenth century as aouren, no d, coming from the Old French
aorer, to adore. It does have a d in
its classical Latin form, adorare,
which could mean to adore but also speak to formally or ask in prayer. See, the ad- means to here, and orare means to speak or to pray.
Adoring something is praying to it. Kind of.
Ardor showed up
in the mid fifteenth century from the
Old French ardure, heat, glow, or
passion. Before that it was the classical Latin ardorem, heat.
Like, literally heat, but also sometimes figuratively, which is how we got the
current definition of ardor. It can also be traced back to the Proto Indo
European as-, burn or glow,
another word that shows up in quite a few places. Which we will be getting to
Yeah, we’re doing this again. I
haven’t found anything good to replace my old Tumblr, so I’m going to start
posting things here more frequently. Lucky you.
This makes me uncomfortable for
several reasons, not the least of which is that they have a period then
an exclamation point. Also, “we find hot girls that want to get wild”. Shouldn’t it be “who”? They’re not objects.
They’re hot girls.
Just for ldsmp!
Where the hell did they get the idea
that my name is Greg Smith and I’m from Lake Stevens??? But he does have a lot
of unclaimed assets, and someone might be cheating on him.
Spaces are so passé. Underscores are
It’s Lake Stevens again (or Lake
stevens). I’m kind of annoyed at the fact that they put the dollar sign after
the numeral, though. Something about that just bugs me.
This week, in
the last of this series, we’re looking at the -rect words that you probably
wouldn’t think are related to the Proto Indo European origin
word of reg-,
which means move in a straight line, but somehow are. Because that’s how stupid
Rack showed up
in the fourteenth century and is thought
to be from the Middle Dutchrec, framework. It’s related to the Old Englishreccan, to stretch out (and that’s
actually the first appearance of Old English in all four parts of this series),
which comes from the Proto
Germanicrak-, which is from
reg-. I guess a rack usually has straight lines…
Rake comes from the Old English raca, rake, which is from the
Proto Germanic rak-, although I can’t
actually be sure that it’s the same rak as in the rak origin. I mean, they’re spelled
the same, but you know how words are sometimes. In any case, here rak- means
“heap up”, which is a good definition of raking. But although it comes from
reg-, I’m not sure I get the relation to direct lines. Some people seem to
think it’s because rakes are made with straight pieces of wood. And speaking of
straight pieces of wood, rail is also related. It showed up in the fourteenth century from the Old Frenchreille, bolt or bar, from the Vulgar
Latinregla and classical Latinregula, rule. No idea why we dropped the G there. I blame French. They had a habit of
spelling words based on the Latin in spite of pronouncing them completely
Reckless comes from the Old English receleas, reckless or careless,
and is just a mix of reck (which was a word, even if it’s not anymore) and
less. Reck comes from the Old English reccan, which means something like to take notice of or pay attention to. Um,
it’s a different definition than the other reccan I’ve mentioned here. This one
is actually from the West Germanicrokjan and Proto Germanic rokja, which can then be traced from
reg-. So it means paying attention to something, with the -less meaning
lacking/does not. Nope, no idea how
you get from “straight line” to that. Because keeping something straight is
And now, source.
Yes, really. Source showed up in the mid fourteenth century meaning support or base, coming from the Old French sourse, rising or beginning, from the sense of a fountainhead of a
river. That’s from the classical Latin surgere,
which is actually a combination of sub-, up from below,
and regere, which I’ve mentioned
several times in this series as meaning to rule, or keep straight. And that keep straight is of course from reg-. So it’s to go
straight/rule up from below? I guess it’s because of the fountainhead thing.
The crazy journey of this one kind of makes sense.
And that’s it
for -rect words. These are far from the only words that come from reg-, but it
feels like these are the ones that we use the most. I’m sure I’ll get to the
others. At some point.