ATG Quirkies: The Inky Fool on Words, Phrases, Grammar, Rhetoric and Prose

by | May 27, 2014 | 1 comment

This may come as a surprise to the vast majority of college students (and their faculty) but according to Mark Forsyth, author of the the Inky Fool blog, school means holiday or leisure – at least it used to.  Mark makes this discovery after a little etymological detective work noting that “the Ancient Greek word for leisure was skhole. The Romans took up the word schola, which again meant a break from work, and again therefore implied a lecture or a bit of reading or something… well scholarly. And by the time the word had got into Old English as scol, it meant nothing else…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books  for suggesting ATG’s daily quirkies.)

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