Today’s word is my only friend, the end. Or any writer’s only friend, really.
End comes from the Old English ende, which bizarrely enough meant end. Before that, it was the Proto Germanic andja, which originally meant the opposite side, and even further back in Proto Indo European it’s antjo, which means end, but more in a boundary sense. In Proto Indo European, the word ant means before or opposite, and it’s where we get ante from. Originally, end just meant the limits of something, like the ends of the Earth (the only way it’s still used according to its original meaning).
So let this be a lesson to you: a person isn’t using a word wrong. They’re ahead of their time.
SourcesTony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Another little word with a very interesting background. :)ReplyDelete
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Ok, so now you've got me wondering about the word 'ant' as in the insect.....ReplyDelete
The opposite end - makes sense.ReplyDelete
Ende meant end. Ha! That's funny. :PReplyDelete
This one was actually less complicate than some others.ReplyDelete
Interesting word especially since it meant end of the Earth and now it means so many other things as well.ReplyDelete
Our language came to us through many twists and turns.ReplyDelete
It's weird end meant the limits where now end means you're probably not going any further.ReplyDelete
Ahead of their time? Literally? (As my teeth grind...)ReplyDelete
I guess "end of the earth" made more sense when they thought the world was flat.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, I do love the end!ReplyDelete
I love your conclusion!ReplyDelete
Ante's a word that crossed my path the other day in a quote of all places.ReplyDelete