Change (n., vb.)

Sometimes it’s a noun and sometimes it’s a verb, the word ‘change’ is itself changeable. Wonderfully you can read about how the meaning of ‘change’ has changed over time (see etymonline) from its origins in Proto-Indo European that suggest a root meaning ‘to bend’. In Welsh, the noun meaning ‘change’ is newid and the adjectiveContinue reading “Change (n., vb.)”

Courage (n.)

Derived from Old French meaning ‘heart’, by the late 14th-century courage had already acquired the meaning of the ‘quality of mind which enables one to meet danger and trouble without fear’ (etymonline). Cambridge defines courage as ‘the ability to control your fear in a dangerous or difficult situation’ (Cambridge; emphasis mine). I added the emphasisContinue reading “Courage (n.)”


Etymonline informs us that legacy (n.) derives from the Medieval Latin ‘legacie, “body of persons sent on a mission”‘. Meanwhile, the Cambridge Dictionary defines legacy in a number of ways, including ‘something that is the result of events in the past’ and ‘something that is part of your history or remains from an earlier time’.Continue reading “Legacy”

What I think about when I think about choice

Choice (n.) ‘an act of choosing; a decision’ also ‘the right to choose; the possibility of choosing’ and ‘a person or thing that has been chosen or can be chosen’ Choice (adj.) ‘of high quality’ (Cambridge Dictionary) This month, I’ve chosen to post two separate thoughts on the idea of ‘choice(s)’: When I was inContinue reading “What I think about when I think about choice”


I can normally be relied upon to delve into the etymology and meanings of the words set as themes for the #MonthlyWritingChallenge. Don’t worry, this month isn’t any different and I’m particularly excited about this one! I’ll start with modern definitions. According to the Cambridge Dictionary there are two meanings in use and the firstContinue reading “Fulfilment”