More Etymologies

 

As some of you may have gathered, I am fascinated by the history of words. Each noun, verb and adjective we use on a daily basis has its own story, its own reasons for being, its own secret purposes. Here, I have gathered another lexicon of some of my favourite words, and provided a fantasy etymology for each of them based on my own love of that word, its usage and sounds. 

 

 

Abate – from German “Baden,” to leave to soak.

 

Adopt – from “Adore,” itself derived from the Fr. “D’Or,” gold.

 

Climate – found upon an ascent. See also “Climb.”

 

Deft – unlike a newt. See “Eft.” Dry of limb.

 

Demonstrate – to remove the monster from; to make tangible. See “Monster.”

 

Devastate – to make a person, somehow, smaller.

 

Educate – from “Ducal”; to make into a nobleman.

 

Emergency – a revelation, an unexpected path. See “Emerge,” rise again.

 

Etymology – to appreciate the development of butterflies. See “Entomology.”

 

Facetious – from “Facile.” See also “Fallacy.”

 

Feline – charmingly devious, from “Felon.”

 

Flirt – to float clumsily. Of uncertain origin.

 

Floral – flowing, rolling; rejoicing naturally.

 

Fountain – confusion of “Phantom” and also “Fantasy.”

 

Ignite – from Agni, the Hindu goddess of fire.

 

Inform – to place into structure; and so, to inspire.

 

Iridescence – a quality not to be removed. From “Ir,” privative, “Rid,” to remove, and “Essence.”

 

Lustre – love-inducing quality, irresistibility. See “Lust,” and also “Glistens.”

 

Poetry – to put into place. From “Pose.”

 

Precious – from “Pre,” and “Us,” before all else.

 

Retail – going around in circles. See “Re,” again, and “Tail.”

 

Reveal – to cloak again in the same gesture. See “Veil.”

 

Scribble – from German, “Schreiben.” See also “Subtle” and “Semblance.”

 

Sumptuous – elision of “a summer’s touch.”

 

Value – of a person, to find valour in them.

 

Wonder – from “Wind.” See also “Wander” and “Wend.”

 

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