Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Truant


Chuck was reminiscing about schools in the good old days, and one of the terms that came up was “truancy officer.” This was the person you had to deal with when you ditched school.

Originally, truant was an abusive term that signified a beggar, a vagabond, a wretch, and an idle knave. By the 15th century, it was applied to a school child who was AWOL. It lead to words such as truantry, truantism, and truandal, all of which have disappeared.

These terms all owe their existence to a Gaelic word that meant a wretch or a vagabond.


SIDEBAR: Truant Officer Donald


Available from McFarland & Co.: Word Parts Dictionary, 2nd edition


Check out Mike's program-based books here:
Arbutus Press
or at Amazon.com


Listen to Mike’s program in real time every Tuesday morning, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. EST, by going to wtcmradio.com and clicking on Listen Now.

There is a collection of podcasts. Go to wtcmradio.com and click on Podcasts. Scroll down The Ron Jolly Show to find the Words to the Wise audio button.


Visit The Senior Corner at seniors.tcnet.org



Labels: ,

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Dona Sheehan's prints