My Daughter the Milkmaid

Oftentimes, the origin of a word can tell us something about the people who created it.  For instance, the Latin word for nothing, “nihil,” comes from the saying “not even a straw,” perhaps reflecting the Romans earthy natures.

The English word “daughter,” if traced back to its ancient Germanic origins, originally meant “milk maid.”  It doesn’t say much for those early speakers that that was the meaning of a daughter to them, but it can tell us about the importance of dairy to their daily lives.


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