Choose four of the following words. For each word, note:
Please do not cut and paste from online dictionaries.
You will certainly want to consult some dictionary (dictionary.com,
but please make sure that you write out the etymological explanation in your own
- a simple English definition of the word
- the Latin word it is derived from (along with any intervening French or
Italian words, if you wish; or the Greek origin of the Latin word, if appropriate)
- your explanation of what has happened to the meaning of the word as it moves
from Latin to English: does it still mean the same thing? has the word acquired
new meaning(s) in contemporary English?
tonsure: the way that monks and priests have their heads shaved; from
Latin tondeo, tondere: to clip or shear (like sheep); the monks get
their hair cut off like sheep getting shorn
When you are done, post your answers on the Etymology Discussion Board at Blackboard.
You need to have posted your answers by Tuesday midnight.
Modern Languages 4970 / MRS 4903: Medieval Latin. Spring
2003 Online Course at the University of Oklahoma. Visit http://www.ou.edu/online/
for more info.
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