The Key Roots for this column: Latin incantare, from in, "over," and cantare, "to sing; " or "chant" French charme, from the Latin carmen, a "song, " or "magical incantation."
Words and Phrases List
Cantor, chant, recant, enchant, enchantress, recant, recantation, siren, charm, charming
Thoughts for Today
- Is "enchanting" a word we use today? How so?
- What do you think people used to mean when they said "charmed to meet you?"
- Do you have any lucky charms?
- What makes for a "charming person?"
- Why do you suppose the words "charming" and "enchanting" have fallen into such disuse?