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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hokudai/Cast 257: Body and Bread

In your Word/Play today we discuss bread and bodies. Pretty gruesome? Not really.

First, in the word companion we have two Latin words:

With (com) and bread (pan or panis).

In the next word, related to 'companion' (meaning 'friend' or 'a person I eat bread with') is company. Company is another word whose two Latin roots (com and pan) mean 'people eating bread together' Of course, now it means a business concern.

Another word related to working together but not related to bread is corporation. Corporation has a basic Latin root: Body (corp) as in the body of a human. It means a group of people who work together.

Speaking of human bodies, a dead human body is often called a corpse. Corpse meant a living human at one point but the meaning changed to a dead human.

Not related to a dead human but related to working together with other humans is corps. Corps is pronounced 'core.'

We can see corps in the Beatles record label: Apple Corps and in the Army Corps of Engineers, a US group of engineers. Try not to confuse 'corpse' (a dead body) with 'corps' (a group of people working together).

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