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I’m studying French. I note that the word for the town hall is “la maire”. A town hall is a place where a couple would go to get married at a wedding. The French word for wedding is “mariage”. The French word for husband? Mari. All from Latin, as, it appears, are to be found in the romance languages.
This combines two words in Japanese, for piling up and reading. It means acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them. It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf.
This comes to us, relatively recently from French, as one who undertakes. However, the root, prendre, goes way, way back to PIE, Ghent, to grasp, seize. From that root also we received prehensile.
The Good Word doctor used this word today and it occurred to me that I may not have understood the context. The etymology has a distinguished Greek and French history. I looked for the PIE root, which means....to look, see. This word in English means, relating to meaning in language or logic. I susp...
I suggested this good word on February 12 and it appeared as the word on February 16, without crediting me. No hard feelings, as I enjoy this site regardless, or as we say in the UP, irregardless.
A: belonging or native to a particular people or country B: characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment. I don’t quite understand how the current pandemic is now being characterized as having the potential to become endemic, meaning it will be with us...oh, I think I s...
I’m currently studying French. I hit the subjunctive. What is it? Mood employed to denote an action or state? Huh? Anyone out there with a basic understanding of grammar? Does English employ this? And how?