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Where does “reconcile” come from? UPDATES

I received a couple notes about where the word “reconciliation” comes from. Odd.
Anyway, rather than write it all out here is a page from a dictionary of Latin etymology, Ernout Meillet.
It derives from ancient words for “call”.
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At loggerheads over “pluck-buffet”

Yesterday – I forgot to post this – the Oxford English Dictionary‘s Word of the Day was appropriate both for the Olympics but also -if you stumble into the pronunciation trap English sets for us all – for Chick-fil-A Appreciation … Continue reading

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More on the Etymology of Kumbaya

From the Laudator:
More on the Etymology of Kumbaya
Eric Thomson writes:
I found Michael Cervesarius’ Isidorian conjecture on the etymology of Kumbaya (LTA, May 31st) wholly convincing. Now I know why I need a drink every time I overhear the song. Johannes … Continue reading

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