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Virgo 15: An ornamental handkerchief

Virgo 15: An ornamental handkerchief

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Virgo 15: An ornamental handkerchief
The word
ornamental
descendsfrom the Indo-European (IE) root 
ord-
 
which means “to arrange,arrangement” and from which also
descend the words
ordain, ordnance,order, ordinal, ordinary, ordinate,coordination, inordinate, ornate,adorn,
and
suborn.
 The word
hand
descends from OldEnglish
hond
 
meaning a “person whoworks with his hands.”
2
 The word
kerchief
descends from two roots, the first of which is
wer-5
, “to cover.”
3
Other derivatives include
aperients 
(a purging medicine)
 aperitif, aperture, overt, pert, cover, guaranty, warranty, warrant, garage, garrison, garret, garment, garnish, garniture,
 
weir 
, and
barbican.
The second half of the word,
chief
, descends from the root 
kaput-
,
“head.”
 
Among its other roots are the words
caprice, achieve, biceps,caddie, cadet, capital, capitol, capitulate, captain, cattle, chapter, chef,chief, corporal, head, kerchief,
and
mischief.
THEMES:
There is a decidedly
MILITARISTIC
theme permeating theabove words, roots, and derivatives. One of the paronyms of 
kerchief
is
 garrison 
, “a fortified military post where troops are stationed” and/or
the troops stationed therein.
5
Other paronym of 
kerchief
include
cadet 
(amilitary trainee),
captain 
(a commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, AirForce, or Marine Corps) and
corporal 
(a noncommissioned rank in theU.S. Army that is above private first class and below sergeant). Finally,
1 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 602 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=hand3 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 1004 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 375 http://onelook.com/?w=garrison

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