Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fact of the Day: Latin Carpet

Before becoming a popular type of flooring, the English word carpet during the Middle English days meant for the cover to a bed or a table. It's ultimately derived from the Latin word carpere which means "to pull to pieces" in English. 

8 comments:

Al Penwasser said...

I think the most popular floor covering in the Middle Ages was dirt. Although Google may be lying to me.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice information. Thanks for sharing.

Pat Hatt said...

Would seem weird using it that way now

RO said...

That's pretty interesting. Hugs...RO

Emmylou said...

I think it's really interesting to find out the etymology of words.

Huggybear said...

I don't think so, Al.

I suspect only the very rich would have been fortunate enough to have carpet coverings.
Colin

Martha said...

It's always fun to learn where words originate.

Kirk said...

I imagine a carpet could keep you warm at night, though I don't know how comfortable it would be.