April 14, 2012
pay (verb)
\PAY\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to give (as money) in return for services received or for something bought2 : to get even with3 : to give or offer freely4 a : to return value or profit to b : to give as a return
How do you use it?
"He was given the choice of helping Joe clean or paying to replace the lamp. He chose to pay." (Jon Scieszka, The Not-So-Jolly Roger)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words do you think comes from the same root as "pay"?

The big payoff comes with B. Both "pay" and "peace" have their roots in "pax," the Latin word for "peace." "Pay" can be traced back to "pacare," which means "to pacify" ("to make peaceful and quiet"), and which derives from "pax." What's the connection between payment and peace? Perhaps the idea is that by paying someone what you owe them, there will be no reason to quarrel, and things will remain peaceful. Another member of this peaceful family is "pacific," which means "tending to lessen conflict" and "having a soothing appearance or effect."
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