What place does ‘spirit’ have in your family?
... word “spirit” comes from the Latin word spiritus meaning “breath.” In Buddhism, the main spiritual practice is meditation, and in meditation we focus our attention upon our breath (spirit). Other words derived from the root “spirit” have ...
Commentary: In a word, it’s normal to put a little English on up-and-coming phrases
The 1909 book “Etiquette for Americans” insists that using “the word ‘store’ for ‘shop’ is grossly incorrect.” As a further example of how easily words can slip from shunned to accepted ... contains the Latin root lapis, meaning stone.
How Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’ Is Saving Grammar for the Future
Or maybe the texters could care less, which for Yankovic is another word crime: “That means you do care/ At least a little ... Shakespeare didn’t write “To be or to not be?”) Another Latin-derived no-no was ending a sentence with a preposition ...
From abandon to nice... Words that have literally changed meaning through the years
literally. The word “literally” means ... “Nervous wreck” was first used in 1899. Derived from the Latin nescius meaning “ignorant”, the word began life in the 14th century as a term for “foolish” or “silly”. It soon embraced bad ...
Dictionary.com Chooses a 2013 Word of the Year with Gravitas
“etymologically, ‘privacy’ is such an interesting word,” says Rebekah Otto, head of content for Dictionary.com. She points out that it derived from privatus, the Latin word for ... use to determine the word of the year. And there’s no shortage ...