Energy – The capacity for work. The word ‘Energy’ comes from the French word ‘énergie’ and travelled to English in around 1590 CE. ‘Énergie’ comes from the Greek word ‘energeia’ which meant ‘ativity’ and was a variant of the earlier Greek word ‘energos’ which comined the word ‘en’, meaning ‘at’ with ‘ergon’ meaning ‘work’. Advertisements
Luck – The chance happening of fortunate or adverse events. The word ‘Luck’ dates back to the 1500s, and is a shortening of the middle-dutch word ‘gheluc’ which referred only to good fortune.
Kettle – A metal container used for heating water. ‘Kettle’ has evolved from the old English word ‘cetil’ and referred to any vessel for boiling or heating liquids over fire. It can be traced back through Proto-Germanic where it was ‘katilaz’ to the Latin word ‘catillus’ which really meant any vessel for cooking.
Communist – A person who follows the philosophy of communism. The word ‘Communist’ came to English in 1841, from the French word ‘communiste’ which is a variant of ‘commun’ meaning ‘common’. It was first used in its politically ideology sense in 1841 by John Goodwin Barmby.
Bank – An institution where one can place and borrow money. The word ‘Bank’ can be dated back to the 15th century when it referred to a table used for dealing with money, it has its origins in the Proto-Germanic word ‘bankiz’ which meant ‘shelf’.
Peace – A lack of conflict. Peace dates back to around 1150 CE, the word comes from the Anglo-French ‘pes’ which meant the same thing.
Number – An arithmetical value. The word ‘Number’ joined our language in the early 1300s, it was a variant of he French word ‘noumbre’ which itself was a variant of the Old French word ‘nombre’. The root word here is the Proto-indo-Eurpoean word ‘nem’ which meant ‘to allot’.
Skeleton – The part of a body that forms the supporting structure. The word ‘skeleton’ comes from the Latin ‘sceleton’ and before that from the Greek ‘skelletos’ which meant ‘dried up body’ such as remains. It is rooted in the Proto-Indo-Europen word ‘skele’ which meant ‘to wither’.