Monthly Archives: March 2013

Surgeon

The etymology for surgeon is beautiful:

surgeon (n.)
c.1300, from Anglo-French surgien (13c.), from Old French serurgien, cirurgien, from cirurgie “surgery,” from Latin chirurgia, from Greek kheirourgia, from kheirourgos “working or done by hand,” from kheir “hand” (see chiro-) + ergon “work” (see urge (v.)).

The first root, “hand,” is related to chirality and chiropractor. The second root, “work,” is related to George. Ge(o) “earth” + ergon “work” = earth worker. A farmer.

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Kindle book rentals

Just saw my first (pricy!) kindle book rental on Amazon:

“Rent From: $12.48 or Buy Price: $28.79”

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