Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Penelope = Pen + elope

From today's A Word A Day:

penelope (puh-NEL-uh-pee) noun

A faithful wife.

[From Penelope, the wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus in Greek mythology. She waited 20 years for her husband's return from the Trojan War (ten years of war, and ten years on his way home). She kept her many suitors at bay by telling them she would marry them when she had finished weaving her web, a shroud for her father-in-law. She wove the web during the day only to unravel it during the night.]


I think it is fascinating that "a faithful wife" begins in a "pen" and ends in "elope."


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