[whoops didn't set the time properly on this one; well here it is, a bit later than usual] Proper being related to private of course got me thinking about that word, so here we go.
Proper first showed up in the fourteenth century from the Old Frenchpropre and classical Latinproprius, which can mean proper or individual. That word is actually taken from a phrase, pro privo, which could mean things like to deprive or private, because yes that privo is from privus, the origin word for private. Interestingly enough, while proper showed up in English meaning apt, it morphed into meaning “pertaining to oneself; individual” and then separate or distinct, which as we all know is very appropriate for a word related to private. Even though we don’t generally use proper that way anymore, that individual definition is where we get proper name from and probably proper noun, too.
Next, property also showed up in the fourteenth century as properte and it meant a quality before it meant something that was owned. It comes from the Old French propriete, individuality or property, and classical Latin proprietatem, property. That word comes from the above mentioned proprius, which means that it’s also related to private, so at one point the phrase “private property” would have been redundant.
Appropriate showed up in the early fifteenth century, first meaning to take possession of (like to appropriate something) before meaning suitable or apt. It comes from the Late Latinappropriatus, the past participle of appropriare, to make one’s own. The a comes from ad-, to, and the rest is from proprius. Appropriate is… to proper? To individual? I guess appropriating something is taking it to an individual. As to why appropriate now means proper, I guess that’s just because the word’s just intertwined in there, even in English.
Didn’t I used to do regular posts
full of distractions? I should start doing that again. And I am. Here’s another
I like the creativity of this game,
taking something familiar and going in another direction with it. It’s like
Tetris in a way, both in the shapes of the pieces you’re given and the fact
that you’re supposed to gain points by clearing lines. But the pieces don’t
fall down and when a line is cleared it doesn’t drop down, which also means
that you don’t lose when you hit the top.
Instead, you can move the pieces
anywhere and when you clear a line, everything stays where it was. You don’t
lose until there’s no spaces left for you to fit a piece into. Also the fact
that everything doesn’t drop down means that if you clear a single line along
the bottom, then you’ll have a hard time getting pieces that can fit in there.
The description for this game says
it’s “easy to learn but difficult to master.” And while most of the time I
think that’s overstating things, in this case it’s perfectly accurate. If you
want something really challenging, then this is the game for you. It might also
be good if you want to kill five minutes, and I wouldn’t call it super
addictive, but that’s a YMMV thing.
That means Your Mileage May Vary. I’ve
been on TV Tropes recently and they use that a lot. Don’t
click that link though. You’ll never leave. I shouldn’t have even brought it up
but it was on my mind.
I feel like I deserve credit for not naming this post Private Parts. But that I lost it all by mentioning it here.
Private first showed up in the late fourteenth century, coming from the classical Latinprivatus, which in a revelation that shouldn’t shock anyone means private. It also comes from privare, to deprive or separate, and privus, individual (not like a person, like each separate thing). That word can be traced back to the Proto Indo Europeanprei-wo-, separate or individual, and the prei- is what gave us per-, you know, like one per customer. As well as a billion other words that I’m not getting sucked into right now.
Then there’s deprive, which showed up in the mid fourteenth century. It’s from the Old Frenchdepriver and Medieval Latindeprivare. It’s basically just privare with a de- in front, but this time the de- means entirely, which I think is weird because de usually means undoing something. Separate entirely…deprive. Also related is privy, which actually showed up more than a century before private. It came to English from the Old French privé, intimate, private place, but that just came from the Latin privatus, which means private and is related to privare and privus.
That’s it for this week. I must still be exhausted from the leg- thing. Which reminds me that as I revealed a few weeks ago, privilege the leg- word is related to private, too. It’s private + leg (technically legal). There’s no escaping leg! Although even weirder is how private is somehow related to proper. I’m not making that up, although I totally could because it’s one of those etymology things that’s so weird it has to be true.