Friday, March 8, 2019

Fact of the Day: Latin Power

The English word power comes from the Anglo-Norman French word poeir which came from the Latin word posse which means "be able" in English. 

11 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Sure able to do a lot with it

Christine said...

That's a good one, and nice photo.

Kirk said...

I'd hate to have a powerful posse after me.

Sandra said...

I learned something new today:)
Have a great one.

Joanne Noragon said...

I believe we learned Posse today, too.

Mary Kirkland said...

I'm sure glad we have it.

Martha said...

I didn't know that.

Lois said...

I didn't know that either and I took two years of Latin in high school.

Huggybear said...

I believe all English words are from Latin and French roots.

I suppose the Yank word "Posse" ( cops on horses chasing the Billy the Kidd types) is derived from this - a posse being lawful power????
Cheers
Colin

Adam said...

More basic words are Germanic

most fancy are French/Latin but sometimes Greek

and a few others from other regions.

Huggybear said...

Fair enough - give or take a few. I think Greek would have some influence also as you state.
Colin