Monday, November 4, 2013

Word of the Week - Chum

I called Xoe chum last week, and she gave me such a look! LOL--she only knew the word as "fish food," apparently. (Thanks, Spongebob. Really.) I had to tell her that it meant "friend" too. And then, of course, had to look it up to see where these two very-different meanings came from.

Chum has meant "friend" since the 1680s, by far the first of these two meanings. It originated among university students, used with their roommates--an alternate spelling of cham, which was short for "chamber-mate." (Who knew?) Apparently in the late 17th century, clipping words like that was a big fad. (Again, who knew??)

The "fish bait" meaning didn't come along until the 1850s, and the best guess is that it's from the Scottish chum that just means "food." So no correlation at all between these two, which are from different languages entirely.

The things we learn when our kids look at us funny... ;-)

Happy Monday, all! I get to start on edits for Circle of Spies today with my editor, so I'm pretty excited. =) After, of course, taking my kids to science club this morning. And then this evening, hubby and I are going to see Ender's Game, which is also exciting! It's been his favorite book since he was 12, so this is a Big Deal in our house, LOL. Hope everyone has a great one!

1 comment:

  1. I can understand Xoe's concern with being called shark bait lol. Interesting, as usual. Hope your day was wonderful!

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