Sunday, April 06, 2008


Dress comes from an Old French word that meant to arrange. In turn, that came from the Latin verb dirigere, to arrange or put in order. It shows up in a number of words.

• When you dress, you array yourself with suitable clothing.
• When you address a problem, you attempt to straighten things out, to right what is wrong.
• Dressage is the execution by a horse of precise movements in response to the directions of its rider.
• A dresser is a piece of furniture that holds arranged clothing.
• A hairdresser arranges the hair.
• When you redress a grievance, you are attempting to bring things back into proper order.

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