|Kennedy discovers the gerund
and leads it back into captivity.
Two of my favourites are the names Amanda and Miranda, meaning she who must be loved and she who must be admired respectively.
Other common ones are referendum (something which must be referred to the people), agenda (things which must be done) and propaganda (things which must be spread). Some less common examples follow:
• addendum something which must be added
• corrigendum something which must be corrected
• pudendum something of which one must be ashamed
• Q.E.D. stands for quod erat demonstrandum, that which had to be demonstrated
Finally, I have it on good authority (since my own Italian is pretty much non-existent) that the Italians have adopted mutande as a word for underwear, since they are things which must be changed!
Any more that I’ve missed?