Origins and meanings of words – November 2010

This last month I have found the following words of interest:-
[Meanings taken from Dictionary.com – http://m.reference.com/d/ ]

Entrepreneur:

[Origin: 1875–80; < F: lit., one who undertakes (some task), equiv. to entrepren(dre) to undertake (< L inter- + prendere to take, var. of prehendere) + -eur]

Culpability:

[Origin: 1275–1325; ME < L culpābilis, equiv. to culpā(re) to hold liable (deriv. of culpa blame) + -bilis; r. ME coupable < MF < L as above]

Fundamental

[Origin: 1400–50; late ME < ML fundāmentālis of, belonging to a foundation. See fundament, -al1]

Obfuscate

[Origin: 1525–35; < LL obfuscātus (ptp. of obfuscāre to darken), equiv. to L ob- ob- + fusc(us) dark + -ātus -ate1]

Meagre

[Origin: 1300–50; ME megre < OF maigre < L macer lean]

Holiday

[Origin: bef. 950; ME; OE hāligdæg. See holy, day]

Ignoramus

[Origin: 1570–80; < L ignōrāmus we ignore (1st pers. pl. pres. indic. of ignōrāre to be ignorant of, ignore); hence name of an ignorant lawyer in the play Ignoramus (1615) by the English playwright G. Ruggle, whence current sense]

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