Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge

refuge: late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin refugium, from re- ‘back’ + fugere ‘flee’

refugium [rɪˈfjuːdʒɪəm]: (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Environmental Science) a geographical region that has remained unaltered by a climatic change affecting surrounding regions and that therefore forms a haven for relict fauna and flora

I love etymology. I took a course in college in which we had to research word origins to analyze literature–it was quite fun! I was amazed to learn how much some words change meaning over time. And, of course, I find it interesting how many words we have “borrowed” from other countries; their original meanings may come as a surprise to many. Today with the influx of technology, we have added even more words to the mix. (No wonder it is so difficult for my students to learn English.)
If you have access to the Oxford English Dictionary, look up these words:
nice, apron (interesting), pretty, and silly. You will be surprised. (surprise–to overtake)

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.
To K: perhaps you’ll have some nice words for me one day.
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