The Sun abandoning the Earth

faceDid you know the word “eclipse” comes from the Greek word meaning abandonment?

The ancient Greek noun ékleipsis (ἔκλειψις) comes from the verb ekleípō (ἐκλείπω), which is a combination of the prefix ek- (ἐκ) meaning “out”, and the verb “leipō” (λείπω) meaning “to leave”, or fail to appear, to suffer an eclipse. This later gave us the Latin eclīpsis, which finally led to “eclipse” from Old French, Middle English.

Quite literally, an eclipse was seen as the Sun abandoning the Earth.


Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: