Mystery Lives of Terms: ‘Tenet,’ ABBA, and tattarrattat

Ashley S. Crofoot

Possessing taken up wordsmithing at the tender age of 11, when I signed up for my first Latin course, it is unsurprising that my heart skipped a conquer when I initially read about the motion picture “Tenet,” launched to streaming very last thirty day period. Not only was it another sci-fi puzzler from writer-director Christopher Nolan, who experienced specified us “Inception” (2010) and “Interstellar” (2014), but its title was in origin a Latin word, tenet from tenere, “to grab maintain of or grasp.” A TENET is a belief we hold onto with TENacity and whose truth of the matter we TENaciously Maintain.

ABBA on the Dutch TV show TopPop, 1974.
Kiev National Opera House, Ukraine.

The language of the historical Romans has contributed about 100,000 words to our English vocabulary—like the noun VOCabulary by itself, which indicates pretty much “what we contact points,” from Latin vocare/to simply call (source also of VOCation, our experienced “calling”). But as opposed to conVOCation (calling together), reVOKe (to phone again), and other these types of derivatives from vocare, TENET is one of various thousand popular English words and phrases that have appear from Latin letter-for-letter, with no spelling improve at all (some many others are stomach, benefactor, campus, deficit, quota, and victor).

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