A-to-Z Challenge! Open! Because!
Open comes from the Old English open, which meant…not closed. Okay, they’re not even trying. Anyway, it comes from the Proto Germanic upana, put or set up, and Proto Indo European upo, over or up from under. If you think that word looks like up, it’s because it’s the origin of up, as well as the prefix sub-, which is used to indicate under.
So it goes from over to set up to not closed. Man, etymology is usually vague, but even I can’t see the thought process behind this one.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
That one does seem rather out there - at least there's one word from Old English that I might get okay :)ReplyDelete
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Let me over the door for you...ReplyDelete
I want to not close this.ReplyDelete
Open up makes sense though...ReplyDelete
Open. Up. Sub. *shakes head*ReplyDelete
I'm with you. That's a strange etymology connection there.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
Sounds rather open-ended to me... :)ReplyDelete
It starts out so simple, not closed, and then gets really compicated.ReplyDelete
Think of opening the entrance to a tent. Well, I suppose that had more to do with the Ancient Near East. The most common things these people were opening must have needed an upward motion.ReplyDelete
It seemed so simple, but no….ReplyDelete
Simple until it gets complicated.ReplyDelete
Maybe they were more than halfway through a challenge when they came up with this for open and they were a bit tired :)ReplyDelete