Etymology Tuesday

Etymology Tuesday

It’s Tuesday again! Here are the word histories of three new words in my novel, courtesy of the Online Etymology Dictionary.

Halt: “to walk unsteadily,” early 14c., from O.E. haltian “to be lame,” from the same source as halt (adj.). The meaning “make a halt” is 1650s, from halt (n.). As a command word, attested from 1796. Related: Halted; halting.

Purloin: mid-15c., “to put far away,” from Anglo-Fr. purloigner “remove,” from O.Fr. porloigner “put off, retard, delay,” from por– (from L. pro– “forth”) + O.Fr. loing “far,” from L. longe, from longus (see long). Sense of “to steal” (1540s) is a development in English. Related: Purloined; purloining.

Appall: also appal, early 14c., “to fade;” c.1400, “to grow pale,” from O.Fr. apalir “become or make pale,” from a- “to” (see ad-) + palir “grow pale,” from L. pallere (see pallor). Meaning “cause dismay or shock,” is 1530s. Related: Appalledappalling.

And that’s this week’s peek at what I’m up to with my novel. Until next week, sayanara!


~ by lamichaud on October 2, 2012.

%d bloggers like this: