Posted by: Natalie | March 22, 2010

Word of the Day: Finance

This afternoon I am teaching PE and ICT in order to finance my Vegas trip a little further, so today’s word is . . .

Finance

Word Origins:

One of those words again that now means something entirely different to its original place in the world. Originally stemming from Latin, finis meaning ‘to end’ (other words deriving from the same include ‘final’ and ‘finish’) ended up in Old French where a second meaning was added, ‘to settle’. This was specific to settling debts. In the 14th Century, both of these meanings were attached to the word finir as it entered English. Over time the word became ‘finance’ and the understanding ‘to end’ eventually dropped with the monetary meaning surviving.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. an applied field of economics used to evaluate relative opportunity cost for speculation by mathematical manipulation of currency figures
  2. To embezzle
  3. From the Gaelic, to steal your neighbors eggs.

Nat’s Definition:

  • Something that needs to be thought about in order to continue the life to which I have become accustomed.
  • The beneficial side of teaching.
  • Something I am appalling at controlling.
  • A complicated world of maths and numbers and sleaze and illegal negotiations.
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