May 19, 2016
cargo (noun)
\KAHR-goh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: the goods transported in a ship, airplane, or vehicle : freight
How do you use it?
The ship docked in Copenhagen to drop off cargo and pick up passengers.
Are you a word wiz?

Our modern word "cargo" stems from the Latin word for a commonplace item. Which item do you think that is?

You're a big wheel if you chose A. "Cargo" ultimately traces back to the Latin word "carrus," meaning "wheeled cart." The English word "cargo" did not come directly from Latin, but was acquired from Spanish. "Carrus" and the later Latin verb "carricare," meaning "to put a load on something," were taken into Spanish to form the verb "cargar" with the same basic meaning of "to load." From "cargar," the Spanish developed the word "cargo," meaning "load" or "charge." In the 1600s, it was adopted into English as a synonym of "freight."
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