Monday, April 11, 2016

A-to-Z Challenge: I

It’s what? Day nine? I was kind of running out of ideas when I went, hey, idea. That’ll do.

Idea showed up in the late fourteenth century meaning an archetype or a concept from the mind of god. It comes from the classical Latin idea, which means idea (if that makes sense). Unsurprisingly, Latin took it from the Greek idea (oh, man, the spellings in this one are killing me), which, all together now, means idea. It comes from the word idein, which in turn comes from the Proto Indo European wid-es-ya- and weid-, to see, and the origin word for vision. I guess because you see an idea in your head, it comes from the word for seeing.



  1. It makes sense again, even the part about seeing an idea in your head. After reading your blog through 2 AtoZs, this makes me suspicious ;)
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  2. That the spelling didn't change is pretty amazing.

  3. Yeah, I don't know how you got through all those complicated spellings there. :)

    But it is cool how the spelling didn't change.

    And the vision/idea relationship certainly makes sense to me!

  4. I love that - especially the reference to God. Super idea of a post :)

  5. So, let me be clear, idea means idea? ;)

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  6. And tell me exactly why we still think that ideas come from some outside source. How many thousands of years has it been, and people are still waiting around for the universe to give them a vision.

  7. That one made sense. I guess the word worked so well everyone thought it was a good idea not to change it.

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  8. I don't think every idea is something I see. I have ideas that I just hear as a voice in my head.

  9. I may have to steal widesya for a character name. I like the thought that idea came from the gods. Something fitting about that, I think.

  10. It's nice to see a Latin in common use.


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