Etymology Teusday

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;” ~Macbeth
Which is how it’s Tuesday again.

Here are the latest words and their histories from the Online Etymology Dictionary.

Yawn: c.1300, yenen, yonen, from O.E. ginian, gionian “open the mouth wide, gape,” from P.Gmc. *gin– (cf. O.N. gina “to yawn,” Du. geeuwen, O.H.G. ginen, Ger. gähnen “to yawn”), from PIE *ghai– “to yawn, gape” (cf. O.C.S. zijajo “to gape,” Lith. zioju, Czech zivati “to yawn,” Gk. khainein, L. hiare “to yawn, gape,” Skt. vijihite “to gape, be ajar”). Related:Yawned; yawning.

Illuminate: c.1500, “to light up, shine on,” a back formation from illumination, or else from L. illuminatus, pp. of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) “decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors,” from O.Fr. enluminer, from L.L. inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.

Dabble: 1550s, probably a frequentative of dab. Original meaning was “wet by splashing;” modern figurative sense of “do superficially” first recorded 1620s. Related: Dabbled; dabbling.

That’s it for this week. I’ll have more words from my novel for you next Tuesday. See you later!


~ by lamichaud on September 18, 2012.

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