TNQDE: My Favorite Etymology

Today’s post is brought to you by a word I love, as well as by the fact that I want to get some work on my novel and will be consequently a bit lazy about my blog.

“story”

Here’s the lightning round for what is my favorite word history to date: “Story” popped up in Middle English as “storie,” which came from the Old French estorie, which came from Latin historia, where the dictionary redirects us to the obvious modern cognate “history.”

DEEP BREATH.

The Romans stole historia from the Greek, who formed the word from their verb historein, which means “to inquire.” Older still is their nour histor: “learned man.” So why do stories matter? They are, at their hearts, the inquires of learned humans.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go pretend I’m a story writer until it becomes true.

Random Bonus: I just found a packet of lemon balm seeds that I misplaced a while ago. Where was it? In my dictionary, bookmarking “baffle.”

2 thoughts on “TNQDE: My Favorite Etymology

  1. “Story” is a great word…with a wonderful ‘history’.
    Your post brought up another evocative (at least for me) word….’balm’. Whenever I hear/see the word, I feel like someone just put a bit of ointment on my soul.
    Love you

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  2. This post made me think of the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Every word can be found to have come from the Greek….

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