Leaving House

July 17, 2009 · 2 comments

I love language, and, given a single idle moment following even a brief conversation, will often find myself fixating on a word that surfaced during the chat.

This week’s notable example went something like,  “Hey, nice to see you! How was your vacation?”

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After “Fine, thanks,” I walked away thinking, “… ‘vacation’… ‘vacation’… vacation… hmmm…..”

I know (in fact, it’s one of the very few things I remember with certainty from university) that the root “vaca” comes from Latin, meaning “relating to cows.”

Think “vaccine,” “vaquero” (Spanish for “cowboy”) “baccalaureate,”  and “Kirstie Alley.”

Was the five-pound weight gain that noticeable? Darn.

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This just in from the “Online Etymology Dictionary”:

vacation: c.1386, “freedom or release” (from some activity or occupation), from O.Fr. vacation, from L. vacationem (nom. vacatio) “leisure, a being free from duty,” from vacare “be empty, free, or at leisure” (see vain). Meaning “formal suspension of activity” (in ref. to schools, courts, etc.) is recorded from c.1456.

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Okay, so no connection between “vacation” and cows, it turns out, except that  I do believe cows feel pretty much “at home,” wherever they are.

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And that’s how I feel, as long as Rick is there.

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CotopoigepT June 23, 2010 at 8:05 am

Thanks for writing, I very much liked your newest post. I think you should post more frequently, you evidently have natural ability for blogging!

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Tammy at The Butterfly Mind July 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm

They say home is where your heart is, so apparently Rick has your heart. This is a good thing, no? Looking forward to more frequent posts!

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