Taurus 30: A peacock parading on an ancient lawn

T h e w o r d p e a d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e O l d E n g l i s h p a w a a n d t h e L a t i n p a vo m e a n i n g p e a f o w l or p e a c o c k. 1 The work cock descends from the Middle Latin origin.2 The word parade descends from t h e I n d o - E u r op e a n ( I E ) r o o t p e r e - 1 which means “to produce, procure.”3 Its paronyms include heifer, parry, apparatus, i mp e r i a l , prepare, apparel, parlay, emperor, parachute, English co c c u s co k is and of the Late and imitative

p a r t , r e p a i r , se v e r , s e p a r a t e , a n d s e v e r a l . T h e w o r d a n c i e n t i s a d e r i v a t i v e of t h e I E r o o t a nt - w h i c h m e a n s “ f r o n t , f o r e h e a d. ” I t s p a r o n y m s i n c lu d e a n t e , a n t e r io r , a n t i c , a n t i qu e , e l o p e , e n d, u n t i l , a n d t h e p r e f i x u n - . 4 F i n a l l y , t h e w o r d l a w n i s a d e r i v a t i v e o f t h e I E r o o t l e n d h - 2 w h i ch m e a n s “ op e n l a n d. ” O t h e r d e r i v a t i v e s i n c l u d e i sl a n d , l a n d , a n d l a n d s c a p e .
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S e v e r a l p a r o n y m s o f p a r a d e c o n n o t e d i v i s i o n — p a r t , s e p a r a t e , a n d s e ve r . O n e o f t h e p a r on y m s o f a n c i e n t i s t h e w o r d e n d . I n Ro g e t ’ s 2 1 s t C e n t u r y Thesaurus the synonyms for sever include separate, part, and the phrase ‘ p u t a n e n d t o . ’ S i m i la r l y , d e f i n i t i o n s o f s e p a r a t e i n c l u d e b o t h “ t o

1 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/ peacock 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/cock 3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 66 4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 4 5 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 48 Starling Hunter © 2011 1

t e r m i n a t e a c on t ra c t u a l re l a t i o n s hi p ” a n d “ t o s t op li v i n g t o ge t h e r a s spouses.”6 The words ‘terminate’ and ‘stop’ are both synonyms of end. A second t he m e concerns the MARITAL R E L A T IO N S H I P S — t h e i r b e g i n n i n g a n d t h e i r e n d . R e ca l l t ha t o n e p a r o n y m o f a n c i e n t i s t he w o rd e l o p e w h i c h m e a n s “ t o r u n a w a y w i t h a l o v e r , e sp e c i a l l y w i t h t h e i n t e n t i o n o f g e t t i n g m a r r i e d . ” 7 T h e o p p o s i t e st a t e o f a f fa i r s i s c o n v e y e d by separate which as noted above means “to stop living together as s p o u s e s ” a n d s e para t i o n ( a n a g r e e me n t o r c o u r t d e c r e e t e r m i n a t i n g a s p o u s a l re l a t i o n s hi p ) . P h r a s e s t h a t c a n b e f o r m e d f r o m t h e a b o v e k e y w o r d s a n d p a r on y m s i n c l u d e a n a n c ie n t a n d i m p e r ia l l a n d , a n e mp e r o r ’ s i sl a n d , a s e p a r a t e l a n d , i m p e r i a l a n t i q u e s , r e p a i r e d a n t i q u e s , p r e p a r in g t o e l o p e a n d a n a n t i qu a t e d a p p a r a t u s .

6 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/separate 7 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/elope Starling Hunter © 2011 2

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