This time of year in America involves many different sorts of mixing, let’s celebrate mix — more specifically, *meik-, the Proto-Indo-European root of the word mix.
This root word’s progeny have landed all over the world & appear in:
Sanskrit — misrah — mixed
Welsh — mysgu — to mix
Old Church Slavonic — meso — to mix
Russian — meshat — mix
Lithuanian — maišau — to mix or mingle
Greek — misgein - to mix or mingle
And, of course, *meik- is responsible for heaps of English words:
mash — soft mixture from Old English
meddle — to interfere — from Old French
medley — assortment or mixture (originally, hand to hand combat) from Old French
melange — collection of various things — from Old French
miscellaneous — collection of difficult-to-classify things— from Latin
mestizo/mestiza — person of mixed parentage — from Spanish
mustang — half-wild horse of the American prairie — from Mexican Spanish
pell-mell — confusedly — from Old French
promiscuous — having or involving many sexual partners, but initially a disorderly mix — from Latin
melee — confused fight or brawl — from Old French
May this season find you mixing it up when it comes to food, to the folks with whom you spend your time, & possibly even the ways you think. Thoughts or comments? You know what to do.
My thanks go out to this week’s sources, Etymonline.com, Merriam-Webster.com, Wordnik, Collins Dictionary, & the OED.
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