Monday, August 20, 2012
Wot'd you say? Lady comes from 'bread-maker'
Word of the day. I owe this to a friend. What I like is the contrast with the more idle version of lady, as in a titled Lady, or ladies at lunch and ladies of leisure. To be precise Lady comes from anglo-saxon, a combination of two words. The first part 'la' is from hlaf or loaf; the second part 'dy' is from dige or make. Hence a lady is a bread-maker.