showed up in the fourteenth century, but back then it only meant a “wedge-shaped piece
used for some purpose”. See, the thing that stamped metal—such as coins—was
wedge-shaped, and so in the fourteenth century it evolved to mean something
stamped or a stamped piece of metal made into money. That usage was influenced
French, which is also the language coin
comes from, although there it’s coing.
It comes from the classical
which means wedge (also it can mean “group”, but that’s not really
relevant here). Fun fact, there is also a word “quoin” which I hadn’t heard of
before but means a cornerstone or the corner of a wall—generally something
wedge-shaped. It’s literally just a variant spelling of coin that stuck close to its original meaning.
is relatively recent, having shownup in
the mid seventeenth century meaning… a condition of flowing. Like the current of
a river. Yeah, this is another weird stretch of the word. Currency meant a “state
of fact flowing from person to person”, you follow? Which evolved to a sense of
“continuity in public knowledge” and then the current medium or exchange of
money in the eighteenth century. Basically, anything that was currently money
was currency. The word comes from the classical Latin currens, current, and its verb form currere, to run, which is descended from the Proto Indo European word kers-,
to run. And that’s definitely a word we’ll have to look into sometime.
in terms of money showed up in the early seventeenth century, from the Medieval
stock or property, and classical Latin capitalis,
capital, chief, or first. Every other version of capital comes from there,
too, although this isn’t too surprising since they all refer to something that’s
foremost, whether a capital letter or a capital city. Hell, even capital, the
head of a column or a pillar, is related because it’s the head of the column or pillar. I guess people thought of their
wealth and property as being the principal thing in their lives. Yeah, I can
of wealth, it showed up in the mid thirteenth century, where in addition to meaning “prosperity in
abundance of possessions or riches”, it meant happiness, another thing I can
understand all too well. The word is actually from the Middle
well being, which actually spawned another word I’ve never heard of: weal. That word is wela
in Old English, meaning prosperity, from the West Germanicwelon-, from the Proto Indo European wel-, to wish or to will. Wealth is related to both will and well, because when you’re doing well and have the things
you wish, you’re wealthy.
only date people who use proper spelling and grammar. (Also, this is so
love animals! But I am not nor will I ever be someone’s boyfriend.
actually started getting spam about CBD oil before you couldn’t turn around
without tripping over someone shouting at you about it. Spam can be a good
predictor in that regard. If there’s a fad brewing, it will absolutely wind up
in your spam box before you know it.
and you ask. And don’t forget, you enter your credit card info.
love how there’s a random M and Y capitalized, just so you’re absolutely sure
that it’s definitely spam. Or possibly a coded message. But far more likely spam.
like I’m popular”? That’s a damned lie and you know it.
Huh. Nothing for Greg this week. I hope nothing happened to him.
showed up in the mid thirteenth century as monie,
meaning funds or anything that can be converted into money before settling to
mean cash. It’s from the classical Latin moneta,
money, which is actually from Moneta (with a capital M), a
title or surname for the Roman goddess Juno Moneta. See, it just so happened that she had a temple near
where money was coined and precious metal stored. That Moneta actually comes
from the verb monere, which actually
means to warn and is actually related to monitor. So because money was made near Juno’s temple, we
actually didn’t show up until the late sixteenth century, and get this, it first meant a money box, not
meaning what we know it as until later (before the eighteenth century, where
the new definition was the only one people knew it as). Cash comes from the Middle Frenchcaisse,
money box, from the Provençalcaissa
or Italian cassa, cash desk, derived from the classical Latin capsa, box. Oh, and that capsa is from case. Remember all those weeks we spent going over those
words? Not really sure why I didn’t mention cash, but there it is. And, to
specify, it’s related to the version of case that comes from the Proto Indo
European kap-, to grasp.
today, bill. Obviously not like a bill you’d find on a duck. In a shocking
moment of sense, that’s not related at all. Bill showed up in the late fourteenth century meaning a written statement before morphing to a
formal document or a personal letter, and then a order of payment in the late
sixteenth century, and then finally a paper bill in the mid seventeenth
century. It comes from the Anglo
from the Anglo Latinbilla, a
writing or a list, from the Medieval
decree or sealed document. It’s funny because in classical Latin, bulla could
mean boss… or bubble. Basically, a bulla was a round knob, like an
amulet, which is like a seal, so it was a sealed document, and that starts the
crazy convoluted journey to it being a dollar bill.
a bunch of words that are synonyms and I haven’t etymologized before.
showed up in the mid fourteenth century, replacing the Old English word cyre,
It comes from the Old Frenchchois, from
the verb choisir, to choose, and is
thought to be Frankish, or have some other Germanic origin, but it’s not
really certain from where. Oh, and while it is related to choose, it’s not that related. Choose comes from the Old English ceosan,
choose (and would have been pronounced “che-ozan”). That word is definitely Proto
Germanic, coming from keus-, from the Proto Indo European geus-, to taste or to choose. Choice is obviously also from geus-, its origins
are just murky.
showed up fairly recently, in 1877, coming from the French opter, opt, and classical Latinoptare, which
is also opt. Option is older, having shown up in the seventeenthcentury. Once again the origin is French, where the word is option, and means option (stop me if I’m going too fast for you). The Latin
version is optionem, and again, that’s
just option and also from optare. It’s origin before there is unknown,
although one there is that it’s from the Proto Italicopeje-, choose or grab. I know what you’re thinking. It
makes sense, right? Which is why you should be suspicious.
showed up in the early thirteenth century, except back then, it only had to do with the tool. It
wasn’t until the early fourteenth century that it started to mean “to pluck
with the fingers”, which by the end of the century turned into picking out something.
So because fingers pick at something when choosing, pick became, well, pick. As
for its origins, it’s thought to be a mix of the Old English pician, to prick, and the Old Norsepikka, to
prick or peck. Both words are thought to be Germanic in origin, although it’s
not known exactly where they’re from.
I think that’ll be it for today. I know! So brief! Enjoy this rare treat.
November! What am I going to do this month? Well, first I need to see what I
was supposed to do last month…
Work on notes and edit WIP-1. I have some rewrites to do, and reorganizing,
then I need to get more people to read it. Hint hint.
I did all this! Then I got more notes that made me realize I needed to
change a bunch more stuff! Which I didn’t do! It’s never ending.
Start an editing plan for WIP-2 and possibly start editing that, depending on
how much free time I have.
I did do this, although of course I’m berating myself for not doing MORE.
Start writing things like query letters, taglines, and synopses for WIP-1. I
can’t believe it’s finally come to this.
I did this as well. Of course, they’re terrible because these are just the
worst things ever. I’ll probably need people to give me notes on these as well.
not bad, I just wish I hadn’t run out of steam towards the end of the month. I’d
open my WIP and just stare at it because I had no energy to work on it, which
is a total bummer. I hate it when I go through these low periods.
Finish the rewrites and reorganizing for WIP-1, then hopefully get it out to
more beta readers.
Edit the synopsis and et al. and get some help looking at that, too.
Thanksgiving! So I’ll have to deal with that, too. Hopefully it will provide me
with a much needed recharge and not total dread.
see what the month will hold. What do you guys have planned?