Saturday, 4 March 2017

soccer and sigil

soccer is from university slang, a form of Assoc., an abbreviation of Association, as in Football Association. Association is borrowed from French association or Latin associātiōnem, from ad-sociāre "to join together with" from socius "sharing, united, allied".

socius is from Proto-Indo-European *sokʷ-yo- from the root *sekʷ- "to follow".

The suffixed form *sekʷ-no- became Latin signum "mark, sign, emblem", the diminutive of which, sigillum, was borrowed into English as sigil.

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