© 2024 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Language Has a Peculiar Memory

The Indo-European root of the words peculiar and pecuniary lead, surprisingly, back to herds of cattle and the earliest references to money. The word stem has always been used in reference to wealth. Before money, this was expressed in heads of cattle. The stem adapted to new circumstances as wealth began to be expressed in terms of gold and money.

Copyright 2006 NPR

John Ciardi

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.