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Cancer 08: Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade

Cancer 08: Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade

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Cancer 08: Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade
T h e w o r d r a b b i t de s c e n d s f r o m t h e M i d d l e Du t c h r o b b e meaning “rabbit.” Beyond that i t s o r i g i n i s u n k n ow n . 1 T h e w o r d d r e s s me a n s m os t c o m m o n l y t o p u t on o r a r r a n g e c l o t h e s. I t c a n a ls o r e f e r t o a r r a n g i n g o r a l i g n i n g o f t r o op s i n r a n k s. 2 B o t h o f t h e s e m e a n i n g s d e s ce n d f r o m t h e L a t i n d i r e c t u s
Cancer 08: Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade
T h e w o r d r a b b i t de s c e n d s f r o m t h e M i d d l e Du t c h r o b b e meaning “rabbit.” Beyond that i t s o r i g i n i s u n k n ow n . 1 T h e w o r d d r e s s me a n s m os t c o m m o n l y t o p u t on o r a r r a n g e c l o t h e s. I t c a n a ls o r e f e r t o a r r a n g i n g o r a l i g n i n g o f t r o op s i n r a n k s. 2 B o t h o f t h e s e m e a n i n g s d e s ce n d f r o m t h e L a t i n d i r e c t u s

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Cancer 08: Rabbits dressed in clothes and on parade
The word
rabbit 
descendsfrom the Middle Dutch
robbe
 
meaning “rabbit.” Beyond that 
its origin is unknown.
1
 The word
dress
means most commonly to put on or arrangeclothes. It can also refer to arranging or aligning of troops in ranks.
2
 Both of these meanings descend from the Latin
directus
, itself the past participle of 
dirigere,
to direct. As such, both are related to the word
direct 
which descends from the root 
reg-
, “to move in a straight line.”
3
 Among the dozens of derivatives of this root, many mean
“to direct in astraight line, lead, rule.” These
include
right, realm, rector, regimen,region, address, alert, direct, erect, rectangle, rectify, source, surge, reich,regal, reign, royal, viceroy, raj, maharaj, ruler, regulate, reckon,interrogate,
and
reckless.
The word
clothes
means articles of dress and descends from the OldEnglish clathas, the plural of 
clath
meaning cloth.
4
 Finally, the word
parade
descends from the root 
pere-1
which means
“to produce, procure.”
5
Other derivatives of this root include the words
 pare, parlay, parry, apparel, emperor, imperative, imperial, parachute, prepare, repair, rampart, separate, several, sever, parity,
the suffix
 para
,
repertory, viper,
and
 parent.
 
THEMES:
The most obvious theme here concerns
CLOTHING
. Firstly,we note that the words
clothe
and
dress
as verbs
are synonyms. Asnouns, the former is a generally category of which the latter is a specificexample. Secondly, the paronyms of both
dressed
and
parade 
describe
1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=rabbit2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/dress3 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, pp. 704 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/clothes5 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, pp. 66

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