March 3rd, 2014

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word of the day: resiliency

That's a good one, no?

Turns out it comes from re- ("back") + salire ("to jump, leap"), which is also kin to all sorts of words, like salient, salacious, desultory, and result, but not the kin of the cool-itself etymological family of salt.  Even cooler, wondering about it led me to the business of frequentatives, which are interesting in themselves, and the story of salire saltus and saltare, told a coupla paragraphs in here.  Check it out for more relatives, and just for word fun.