Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Embroidery + Etymology
Breakfast [late Middle English]: break + fast
Break [Old English]: The Old English form of break was brecan, which has a Germanic source and is related to Dutch breken and German brechen. It has an Indo-European root shared by Latin frangere 'to break', which gave English words such as fracture.
Fast [Old English]: Old English faestan 'abstain from or go without food' has a Germanic origin; it is related to Dutch vasten and German fasten, as well as to Old Norse fasta, the source of the noun.