Dona and I were in St.
Joseph, Michigan, today to attend the wedding of niece Gabrielle Casini and
her new husband, Nathaniel Bishop. It was a beach wedding, and the weather was
In tribute to the new
couple, I thought I’d run through a few terms related to matrimony.
- wedding: from an Old Frisian/Old Norse word
meaning to pledge.
- matrimony: from an Old French word meaning property inherited from
- marriage: from a cluster of words (including
Greek and Sanskrit) meaning young man and young woman.
- bride: in many languages, the reference was
to a daughter-in-law, and the Oxford English Dictionary speculates that the root might have meant
an obsolete meaning was boy; then it became a male attendant.
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