Category Archives: History

“Plagiarize” comes from a Latin word meaning “kidnap.” Plagiarism is kidnapping someone else’s ideas.

The Online Etymology Dictionary at dictionary.com tells us: 1621, from L. plagiarius “kidnapper, seducer, plunderer,” used in the sense of “literary thief” by Martial,from plagium “kidnapping,” from plaga “snare, net,” from PIE base *p(e)lag- “flat, spread out.” Plagiary isattested from 1597.

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English has a long history and has undergone a lot of changes, so don’t feel bad if you struggle with spelling or grammar.

Pretty much everything has changed and will change again.

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Nouns are Names

After thinking about verbs, I became curious about nouns, so I looked that word up. “1350–1400;  [Middle English] nowne  < [Anglo-French] noun  < [Latin] nōmen name” As we can see, the word “noun” traces its roots to the Latin word for name.  Why do you think noun is related to the … Continue reading

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Verbs are Words

I like knowing the history behind words. I decided to look up “verb” and learned this: “Word Origin & History verb 1388, from [Old French]. verbe “part of speech that expresses action or being,” from [Latin] verbum “verb,” originally “a … Continue reading

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