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Scorpio 30: The Halloween jester

Scorpio 30: The Halloween jester

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Scorpio 30: The Halloween jester
T h e w o r d h a l low de s c e n d s f r o m t h e In d o E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t k a i lo - w h i c h m e a n s “ w h o l e , u n i n j u r e d, o f g o o d o m e n . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e h a i l , h a l e, h a l l o w, h e a l ,

h e a l t h, He l ga , h o l ida y, H o l l y, h o l l y, ho l y, O l ga , O l e g, a n d who l e .
T h e w o r d e v en i n g d e s c e n d s f r o m t he M i d d l e E n g l i s h, f r om O l d E n g l i
Scorpio 30: The Halloween jester
T h e w o r d h a l low de s c e n d s f r o m t h e In d o E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t k a i lo - w h i c h m e a n s “ w h o l e , u n i n j u r e d, o f g o o d o m e n . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e h a i l , h a l e, h a l l o w, h e a l ,

h e a l t h, He l ga , h o l ida y, H o l l y, h o l l y, ho l y, O l ga , O l e g, a n d who l e .
T h e w o r d e v en i n g d e s c e n d s f r o m t he M i d d l e E n g l i s h, f r om O l d E n g l i

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Scorpio 30: The Halloween jester
The word
hallow
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
kailo-
which means
“whole, uninjured, of good omen.”
1
Itsparonyms include
hail, hale, hallow, heal,health, Helga, holiday, Holly, holly, holy,Olga, Oleg,
and
whole.
 The word
evening
descends from theMiddle English, from Old English
a
fnung 
 whi
ch means “
to become evening
” and from
a
fe
 
which means “evening.”
2
 The word
jester
descends from the IE root 
gerere-
 
which means “to carry, carry on, act,do.”
3
Paronyms include
 gerent, gerund, gest, gestation, jest, gesture, gesticulate, armiger,belligerent, congeries, congest, digest, egest, ingest, register, suggest,
and
veliger.
THEMES: 
There is at least one pair of loose synonyms above. Theword
whole 
descends from rot 
kailo-
and has several definitions
including “
containing all components; complete
,
constituting the full
amount, extent, or duration”, “a number, group, set, or thing lacking nopart or element; a complete thing” and “an entity or system made up of interrelated parts.” The last meaning i
s what is intended when we makestatements su
ch as “
the value of the whole must be greater than the sum
of the parts.”
4
The word
congeries 
descends from the root 
gerere-
and
means “a collection or aggregation.”
5
Even though the words
whole 
and
1 http://web.archive.org/web/20080211183126/www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE198.html2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/evening3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 274 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/whole5 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/congeries

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