Category: English

Etymology, English, Pirate

Blackbeard, Hulton Archive/Getty Images   Etymology From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratḗs), from πεῖρα (peîra, “trial, attempt, plot”). Pronunciation IPA(key): /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹɪt/, /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹət/

Etymology, English, Cash

Etymology 1 From Anglo-Norman Old French casse (“money box”), from Latin capsa (“box, case”), ultimately from capiō (“I take, I seize, I receive”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to grasp”). Doublet of case. Etymology 2 From Tamil* காசு (kācu) *a Dravidian language natively spoken by the Tamil people of South Asia. Tamil is the official…

Plants, Corn

Etymology.  From Middle English corn, from Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (“grain; worn-down”), from *ǵerh₂- (“grow old, mature”). Cognate with Dutch koren, German Low German Koorn, German Korn, Norwegian Bokmål korn, Norwegian Nynorsk korn and Swedish korn; see, Russian зерно́ (zernó), Czech zrno, Latin grānum, Lithuanian žirnis and English grain. In a sense ‘maize’ is a shortening from earlier Indian corn 12000 –…

Etymology, English, Paper

From Middle English paper, borrowed from Anglo-Norman paper, papier, from Latin papȳrus, from Ancient Greek πάπυρος (pápuros). Doublet of papyrus.   (Received Pronunciation) IPA: /ˈpeɪpə/ (General American) enPR: pā’pər, IPA: /ˈpeɪpɚ/ (Indian English) IPA: [ˈpeːpə(r)], [ˈpeɪpə(r)]