Incidentally, make is the word that prompted me to join the challenge, because it didn’t have enough to it for a regular post.
I have no time for when make showed up in English, just that it’s from the Old English macian, which has a variety of meanings such as make, construct, prepare, cause, behave, transform—basically all the meanings we have for make. Macian comes from the West Germanic makon, to fashion/fit, which can be traced back to the Proto Indo European mag, knead or fashion. Interestingly enough, past tense made came from the Middle English maked (which might explain how that d got there). The Old English equivalent is macod, the past participle of macian.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
University of Texas at Austin Linguistic Research Center
A little bit of mystery with this one.ReplyDelete
Huh. I don't know if this is in the etymology at all, but it also makes me this of magic and magician.ReplyDelete
Are we really halfway? YAY! :)
So if I say I'm "macian bacon," it's legit! :)ReplyDelete
Macian would be another good character name!ReplyDelete
Who knew make had such a varied past? It's certainly interesting to see how the word has changed but in some cases the meaning has stayed the same.ReplyDelete
I saw magician in macian too. I guess it could be related in that a magician makes things through magic? Yeah, that's way too logical to be true.ReplyDelete
It's always one letter that gets the A to Z flowing, isn't it? For me, it was this knitting project that went with X...
It's so interesting to learn the etymology of words.ReplyDelete
Hi JE - I love finding out where words originate from - always interests me and then enlightens me too .. cheers HilaryReplyDelete
This makes sense. We're used to buying our own clothes, but many people from long ago created their own.ReplyDelete