Friday, May 30, 2008

Romance Language

Why is it that we associate love and affection with 'romantic' people?  After all, Romantics are just folks who happen to live in and around what used to be called the Roman Empire.  Romance languages are of similar origin--Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Portuguese and Catalan.  These so-called Neolatin tongues are all descended from ancient Latin.  But why love (amor) & affection (from affectare--to move)? Maybe that's the answer?  Try saying Amor without a warm feeling.  And to 'Affect' something is to move it, such as your beloved.  To 'Caffect' them, you move them with Care.  It's a whole new Romance language.

1 comment:

Jonice said...

I just loved the word CAFFECTION!