Whee! A solid month of
not having to think up new posts
etymology! I couldn’t be more excited. Well, I could, like if I sold a book or
something. But barring that, yeah, this is pretty tops.
Today’s word: aim.
Aim first showed up in the early fourteenth century, with the verb form coming just before the noun. It comes from the Old French aesmer, rate or estimate, and the classical Latin aestimare, appraise. And if you’re thinking, “Boy, that word sure looks like estimate”, that’s because it is the origin word for estimate (and esteem, for that matter).
One word down. And the adventure begins!