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Virgo 11: A boy molded in his mother's aspiration for him

Virgo 11: A boy molded in his mother's aspiration for him

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T h e w o r d b oy a p p e a r s t o h a v e e n t e re d t h e E n g l i sh l a n g u a g e i n t he m i d 1 2 t h c e n t u r y a s b o ie , “ s e r v a n t , c o m m o n e r , kn a v e , b o y . ” P o ss i b le s o u r c e s i n c l u d e t he O l d F r e n c h e m b ui e , “ o n e f e t t e r e d ” , f r om t h e L a t i n b oi a , " le g i r o n , y o k e , le a t he r c o l l a r " a n d t he G r e e k b o ei a i do ra i, " o x h i

T h e w o r d b oy a p p e a r s t o h a v e e n t e re d t h e E n g l i sh l a n g u a g e i n t he m i d 1 2 t h c e n t u r y a s b o ie , “ s e r v a n t , c o m m o n e r , kn a v e , b o y . ” P o ss i b le s o u r c e s i n c l u d e t he O l d F r e n c h e m b ui e , “ o n e f e t t e r e d ” , f r om t h e L a t i n b oi a , " le g i r o n , y o k e , le a t he r c o l l a r " a n d t he G r e e k b o ei a i do ra i, " o x h i

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Virgo 11: A boy molded in his mother's aspiration for him
The word
boy
appears to haveentered the English language in the mid-12
th
century as
boie,
 
“servant,commoner, knave, boy.” Possible
sources include the Old French
embuie,
“one fettered”
 ,
from the Latin
boia 
, "legiron, yoke, leather collar" and theGreek 
boeiai dorai,
"ox hides."
1
 The adjective
molded
descends fromthe Indo-European (IE) root 
med-1
 
which means “to take appropriatemeasures.”
2
Among its many derivativeswe find the words
commodity, modest,model, moderate, mode, medicine,remedy,
 
meditate, modern, mete 
(to allot or measure)
 
and
meet 
(fittingand proper).The word
mother
descends from IE root 
mater-
 
which means “mother”
and from which also descend the words
mater, alma mater, maternal,matriculate, matrix, matron, matrimony, matter, material,
and the name
 Demeter.
The word
aspiration
descends from the Latin
aspirare
, “to breatheupon, to breathe” and more generally
"to be favorable to, assist; to climb
up to, to endeavor to obtain, to reach to, to seek to reach; infuse.”
3
Thebase of that Latin word can be traced further back to the Latin
spiritus
,
soul, courage, vigor, breath.
4
 
1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=boy2 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 523 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=aspire4 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=spirit

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