Today’s word is quiet, because sometimes you just want things quiet.
Quiet showed up in the early fourteenth century as a noun and the late fourteenth century as an adjective and a verb. It comes from the Old French quiete/quiet, rest or tranquility, and classical Latin quies, rest and its verb form quietare, which means lull or make quiet. It can be traced even further back to the Proto Indo European kweie, to rest or be quiet, and the origin word for while. Not making that up. Quiet and while are (distantly) related.
SourcesUniversity of Texas at San Antonio’s page on Proto Indo European language
Quiet and while ... I suppose I can kind of see the distant connection after looking at the definition of while. Would never have connected the dots myself :). It always amazes me how language can be traced.ReplyDelete
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Interesting. I wouldn't have thought of it, but it almost makes sense.ReplyDelete
I, too, can see the distant connection between the two. I never would have thought of it, either. We learn so much when we visit your blog!ReplyDelete
I could use a bit of quiet!ReplyDelete
Tranquiet is great.ReplyDelete
I guess words are like people. You can pick who you're related to.ReplyDelete
I enjoy quiet. That's interesting it's related to while. I don't see it, but whatever.ReplyDelete
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Well, if you're quiet for a while... Nope, can't do it.ReplyDelete