Today, we’re looking at the word step.
Step as a verb comes from the Old English steppan/staeppan, while the noun comes from steppa/staepe/stepe, where it meant a stair or stepping. So, pretty much what it’s like today. It comes from the West Germanic stap-, tread and the Proto Indo European stebh, which could mean stem, post, or to support—and is the origin word for staff. Words are weird, right?
I say that a lot. Well, it’s never not been true.
Tony Jebson’s page on the Origins of Old English
Interesting. I wondered if this is related to steppes. I used to picture long steps of land when I had geography, but I know they don't look like that.ReplyDelete
Words are definitely weird, you are totally right about that :). I suppose staffs and steps have things in common so coming from the same root makes a kind of sense ... maybe.ReplyDelete
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So step and staff are related because they both support? That at least makes sense.ReplyDelete
Steps do supply support, so I can see step and staff being related. And yes, words are so weird. But that is why we love them. :)ReplyDelete
I had the sort of same association with steppes.ReplyDelete
I like the word step and often say 'one step at a time' to myself when I'm overloaded with work.ReplyDelete
Well, if the staff is a walking stick...ReplyDelete
I think I took a wrong steppe.ReplyDelete
How did staff come from that? At least we use the shortest spelling possible for step.ReplyDelete
I came over from Liz and I would probable flunk basic high school English grammar now.ReplyDelete
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Words are weird so you're only stating the truth.ReplyDelete
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I guess a staff can help you step, so maybe they are related...ReplyDelete