domenica 12 luglio 2009

History of Words (1)

A bit of Etymology

CHANCE, /'chan(t)s/ n. from Old French chaance / cheance, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia (from Latin cadens, cadent-, present participle of 'cadere', to fall, befall); cf. Indo-European root *kad-.
English words sharing the same Latin root cad-/cas-/cid-: cadence, cascade (both from Italian); case, casual, occasion, cadaverous,
accident, recidivist; decay, escheat, chute (from Old French).

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