First, party. In the sense of a
party of people, it showed up in the fourteenth century,
but back then it meant a part/section/portion, which is not something we really
use anymore. From there it evolved to a party, as in a group of people, and it
didn’t mean a party you throw for fun until 1716 (it wasn’t a verb, like to
party, until 1922, which… yeah, that sounds like the 1920s). As for its
history, party comes from the Old Frenchpartie, which meant a part or
portion, like party originally did in English. Its verb form is partir, to divide, from the classical Latinpartire/partiri, which means to share ordivide.
That’s related to pars, part in
Latin, which we talked about last week and is from pere-.
Next, partner showed up in the
fourteenth century, although back
then it was spelled partiner, which
was also spelled parcener. That comes
from the Old French parçonier,
partner, from parçon, partition or
portion, and that’s from the classical Latin partitionem, which, you know, partition.
Partition itself showed up in the fifteenth century as particioun, from the Old French particion,
which is another descendant of partitionem, pars, and pere-. We can also throw
partisan in there, although it’s relatively newer, having shown up in the mid sixteenth century. It’s from the Middle Frenchpartisan, from the classical Latin partem, part,
which is again from pars.
There are also part words that have
dropped the T, like parse and parcel. Parse showed up in the mid sixteenth century as a grammatical term. It comes from the
Englishpars, part of speech,
from the Old French pars, which is
actually the plural of part, which
means… part. And because everything about this one is super obvious, that pars
is from the Latin pars. In slightly less duh origins, there’s also parcel,
which showed up in the late fourteenth century meaning a portion or part of something. Basically, it went from a part of
something, to a quantity of anything, to a quantity of goods in a package, to a
package. It’s from the Old French parcele,
and before that the Medieval
Latinparcella and Vulgar
Latinparticella. That’s from the
classical Latin particula, another
word we talked about last week as being from pars and pere-.
Are they a woman who looks like a
god or a woman who looks at a god?
Seriously though, what is this trying to say? Like, are they trying to say
they’re religious? Or did they misspell “good”? Damn it, I’m once again
spending way too much time thinking about this!
Which do you want, Colombian Beauty
or Ukrainian Charm? Ooh! What about both? Can we do both?
Now, they used a “no reply @ gmail”
address, so that’s actually believable. But then they immediately ruin it with
stuff like a ® symbol just thrown in there, and then the fact that the
salutation is just “Respected”. So close, guys. You almost had me there.
Come on, all you sensualist lovers
and unicorns out there. Fun fact, a “unicorn” is a term used to describe a
woman interested in sleeping with couples. Now you know and you can never erase
it from your memory.
Next, we’re going to look at a bunch
of words that begin with part. Partial showed up in the late fourteenth century, just meaning not whole at first and
then meaning biased towards one side in the early fifteenth century. For some
reason. Anyway, it’s from the Medieval
Latinpartialis, partial, and
classical Latin pars, which means
part. That’s also where partem comes from, so we’re not looking at any major revelations
Participate showed up in the early sixteenth century, possibly from
participation, which showed up in the late fourteenth century.
Participation comes from the Old French participacion
and Late Latinparticipationem, which means
participating. In classical Latin, the verb form is participare, to participate.
Now, the part from is from the already mentioned pars, but the -cip- part is
from capere, to take,
a word we’ve talked about extensively during my posts about case. So
participate is “to take an allotment”. I guess if you’re participating, you are
Particular showed up in the late fourteenth century, from the Old
French particuler and Late Latin particularis, from the classical Latin particula, which actually means particle.
Yes, that’s where particle comes from. It also showed up in the late fourteenth century, and it’s also from
particula. A particle is a particular thing.
How sensible this all was. I’m sure
the next few weeks will change that.
Do… do people actually answer these?
In spite of the fact that their email addresses are used in place of their
names, and the bad grammar? I mean… they must fall for them, otherwise these
messages wouldn’t still be coming. I just can’t wrap my head around HOW people buy
At least this one looks almost
legit. The only red flag is the third party provider of the gift card “Mpell”.
Because that’s totally a word.
Yes, I’m totally overwhelmed by the
Ukrainian Charm. Mostly because they won’t stop sending it to me.
You have. Coffers aren’t usually picky.
It’s not often you get an offer for
a new buddy. I approve. I also like how they say the persons shown in the
photos aren’t necessarily users of the site, immediately followed by NO FAKE
No credit card requires girl will
make first move.
If you look at the numeral, you can
see that nine has actually been pretty consistent.
Now, as I’ve been saying the last nine times I’ve done this, the numeral system
we use originated in India,
probably because they had a lot of advances in math in the early centuries of
the era—I’m sure in no small part because they were actually the first to have
the concept of zero. The 9 looked more like a seven in Brahmi (which is weird
because the 7 also looked like that, but at a different angle), but then in
Hindu, it has a little loop on it, so it looks like a 9 facing the other
direction. Arabic flipped it over and then, yeah, just nine.
So that’s it for the basic numerals,
since every other number is made up of some combination of 0-9. But there are
still words to look at. I’m sure I’ll get to more of those the next time I’m
looking for an easy post.
Damn, first I finished letters, now
numbers. What else can I look at?
Now, really this word is obviously
related to part, which is another word I have to get to at some point, but we’ll
just focus on the apartment part for now. It showed up in the mid seventeenth century basically meaning private
rooms for a person/family within a
house—essentially what it is today. It comes from the French appartement, which is from the Italian appartamento and its verb form appartere, to separate. The prefix a-
means to and the rest is from the classical Latinpartem, which means, well, part,
unsurprisingly. It’s from the Proto Indo Europeanpere-, to grant or allot.
So an apartment is a part of a building.
This one showed up in the mid fifteenth century, from the Old Frenchdomicile and classical Latin domicilium, domicile.
That’s thought to be related to domus,
which means home,
but it’s another one of those things that isn’t sure in spite of the fact that
it makes 100% perfect sense. It’s also thought to be related to the verb colere, to cultivate,
which is actually the origin word for colony. So there’s that.
Shelter showed up in the late sixteenth century, and it’s thought
to be a variation on the Middle
oh my god, we could have had sheltron as a word and for some reason we don’t.
Anyway, it’s from the Old
Englishscyldtruma, where scyld means shield and truma, troop. So a shelter is a troop of shields??? That’s one
theory. There’s a lot of debate about that, though.
Lodge showed up in the thirteenth century as loggen, to set up camp (as a verb), or as logge, a place or last name before turning into a regular noun. It
comes from the Old French loge/logier,
which is from the Frankish laubja,
shelter, and Proto
Germaniclaubja-, also shelter.
Before that, it’s actually thought to be from the Proto Indo European leub(h)-, to peel, strip, or break off,
which happens to be the origin word of leaf.
Well, probably. Look, these words are really, really old and people weren’t
good about keeping records.
January was a tough month. I felt
like crap the entire time, for a variety of reasons, and had a hard time
getting in any kind of creative mindset. I’d say I was glad it was gone, but
February has a bunch of pain-in-the-ass problems of its own!
What was I even supposed to do this
1. Write the short story I have
planned, and edit one of my old ones.
thought I’d be able to knock this out easy, but it feels like every ounce of
creativity has been drained from me. I only got about a thousand words down,
maybe halfway done.
2. Keep working on my goals from
I guess I
did this. I spent most of my time focused on editing, so that’s something.
3. Work on daily goal planning for
easier. More than once I didn’t meet those goals, but I’m trying.
Okay, now let’s see what goals I’ll
fail to meet this month.
1. Do all the adult stuff I have to
that gives me panic attacks.
2. Work on edits to my other WIP.
3. Keep working on the query, and
hopefully get around to finishing that story.
Great, so now it’s February. And
there’s even an extra day tacked on to the end of it! Like it’s not way too
long as it is!