Quote of the day: everything from RandomEtymology

Friday, August 26, 2011

For random etymology, see this account on Reddit. While only a few days old and so there are no guarantees that this novelty account (a user account based on a single theme) will last, there is already enough information written by the user that it's worth keeping an eye on.

One example:

Uninspired is the negative form of inspired, a word that comes to us from the Latin inspiro ("to breathe"), with the key root being spiro ("breath"). Latin borrowed that from the Greek, and it ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo-European root -spei. The English word breath derives from a different PIE root, namely -bher, "to boil".


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