Yes, there’s a book inside most of us, waiting to be written. Each of us go through experiences in life which may be quite similar to those others face, but how we face them, win over circumstances, fight the odds, build our faith, sometimes lose it, watch friends disappear, see new ones come by are experiences which are unique!

It was the squeakiest, shrillest, squeal of a sound, that kept its constant bombing into my ears, and I realized it was getting on my nerves! Workmen were working on my building, and on top of the constant pounding, this was too much for me. I left laptop and chair, and walked determinedly up the stairs to my terrace where I knew these unholy sounds were coming from, and found the source.

More often than not, we speak this wonderful language called English, using words big and small, in our daily conversations, without really wondering how some of these words originally came from. The field dealing with the origin of words is Etymology. Today I thought we could have a look at some curious word origins. Some of these are English, some French, German, Latin and Greek, from which ultimately good old English borrowed and stole and enriched herself. Enjoy the words with me today!

“Now that you’ve retired mother what do you plan to do?” asked her children as she came back from work the last day at the office.

“Join the church choir!” exclaimed the mother.

“But you don’t know how to sing ma!” they all said in dismay.

A friend of mine, who says he is a supporter of the ruling party was quite upset the Courts had stepped in between the government and the farmers, “But we were having good talks,” he said, his face very crestfallen, “In fact I had even made a blueprint to make the talks successful. Would you like to see it?” I nodded as he opened a script and held it out to me to read, “This is how I have suggested the talks should go,” he said.