Monday, April 18, 2016

A-to-Z Challenge: O

Today’s word: order. No fancy introductions today. Except this.


Order showed up in the early thirteenth century, the verb deriving from the noun, which meant a religious order in particular. It comes from the Old French ordre/ordene, position, rule, or religious order. Before that, it was the classical Latin ordinem, which pretty much just means order. The Romans actually took it from the Italian root word ord-, arrange, which is interesting because usually when they stole words it was from Greek. And not Italy. Where the seat of the Empire was.

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11 comments:

  1. Maybe they just felt like robbing Italy that day.

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  2. I love the word order - I'm a very orderly person (except for when I'm being disorderly).

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  3. I tend to think of arrange as more benign than order.

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  4. Started with religion, eh...

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  5. I'm all out of order; I guess I need to go shopping.

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  6. Darn Romans always stealing stuff! ;)

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  7. That is a pretty direct lineage to a word, for a change.

    Susan Says

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  8. I guess a lot of words come from religion. Most societies have religion and it's usually pretty central to the society, so it makes sense.

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  9. Clearly the Romans knew not to steal from home :) Either that or they just thought Greek was posher.
    Tasha
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  10. Here from Alex's place...Having reading backwards I learned a lot.

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