The Origins of 10 Words & Phrases

Noreen January 24, 2011 11

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  1. TheReviewer January 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Pretty good list. I must protest the use of “Revelations” for the Book of Revelation. The book title is singular.

  2. Someone March 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    “lego” in Latin doesn’t mean that. It means “to read”. To be precise, “lego” means “I read” but you name verbs using this tense. This is where the Spanish verb “leer”, for instance, comes from (the Latin infinitive is “legere”).

    • Daven Hiskey
      Daven Hiskey March 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      @Someone: Yes it does mean “read”, but it also means “to gather/collect”, as I stated. In addition to that, it also means “to choose” and “to pass through”. (I knew those two years of Latin in college would payoff someday) ;-)

  3. theo April 16, 2013 at 4:41 am - Reply

    “Amen” comes from the hebrew root alef-mem-nun. the Hebrew verb “lehaamin” means “to believe”. The imperative form is “haamen” = Believe it! or Trust it!

  4. Angela October 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Larynx, not larnyx.

  5. Dodah October 25, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

    The Hebrew version of the word amen was written backwards by the way. Hebrew is written from right to left.

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