In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros

A More Enchanting You

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

  1. Is "enchanting" a word we use today? How so?
  2. What do you think people used to mean when they said "charmed to meet you?"
  3. Do you have any lucky charms?
  4. What makes for a "charming person?"
  5. Why do you suppose the words "charming" and "enchanting" have fallen into such disuse?