Etymology lesson of the week

19Oct06


cent & kate (11)

Originally uploaded by centkate.

Sincerely.

Sincere is derived from the Latin -Sine Cera- which means, -without wax-. Also meaning, honest [as in an honest intention] and without wax regarding the closing of a letter/note. But also regarding people’s behaviour about being genuine and uncorrupted.

*thanks James

Post scriptum: This post reminded of the time I made a Roma wax writing tablet as a thank you gift for my Latin professor. Tres cool.
wax.jpg

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3 Responses to “Etymology lesson of the week”

  1. As a word lover, I give thumbs up to the idea of an “Etymology lesson of the week.” So many words with such fascinating life stories.

    I’m particularly interested in doublets–etymologically related word pairs that seem semantically unrelated, for example, excrement & secret or “mortgage & mortuary.”

    If doublets sound like fun, you’ll find an interactive doublet quiz at http://www.WordsofaFeather.NET.

  2. 2 michelle

    relates heaps to christianity.


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