Tuesday, 7 September 2010

escape

escape was borrowed from Old Northern French escaper, from Late Latin *excappāre, from ex "out" and cappa "cloak". So escape is etymologically out of the cape.

3 comments :

be_slayed said...

So what was the "cape" that was being escaped from?

goofy said...

I like to think the word arose when some rogue evaded the authorities by slipping out of his cloak, leaving his pursuer holding it.

Adam Roberts Project said...

We want names! Who was he?