What are we up to? Day 20? It seems like a lot longer.
Anyway, role. That’s what we’re doing.
Role showed up in the early seventeenth century, relatively recent in etymology terms. It comes from the French rôle, which means…role. Apparently the line of thinking was that a role was a part someone played in life and was inspired by the fact that an actor’s part would be written on a roll of paper.
Seriously. Role comes from roll. Because of plays. Why’d they even change the spelling?