Thursday, June 14, 2007

World of Words

Up until now I've been interested in the origin of only polish words, though many of them come from latin and therefore are more international and can be found in many eauropean languages. But I found a nice page of Oxford- World of Words, where each week they publish new word and its history. A nice word this week. Enjoy!
Budget- [late Middle English] Old French bougette, a diminutive of bouge "leather bag", has given English bulge. Latin bulga "leather bag, knapsack" is the source, of Gaulish origin. The word originally denoted a pouch or wallet, and later its contents. In the mid 18th century, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in presenting his annual statement, was said "to open the budget". In the late 19th century, the use of the term was extended from governmental to private or commercial finances.

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