Tuesday, December 02, 2008

destructive derivations

For no particular reason here are three English similes for 'destroy' and their Latin derivations:

  • to obliterate comes comes from the Latin verb oblittero (to blot out or erase), which I presume comes in turn from ob+litterum and must have been originally used in the context of written records.

  • to pulverise comes from pulvis (pulveris), and so means to turn something to dust.

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