"With regards to Sarah’s Facebook post about consummating a marriage…..
First, she spelled it wrong. It’s “consummate” with two “m”s, not one.
Second, she’s completely off-base about the origins of the word. It’s a combo word, from three different roots:
con - from old Latin, a variant of “com-,” meaning “with”
sum - also from old Latin (summa), meaning the aggregate of two or more (so technically, you could have three, four, or 287 people)
ate - a suffix commonly applied to loanwords from Latin (agitate, separate, etc.)
The word “consummate” does not contain the root word of “mate,” even though those letters appear in that convenient order for her to state her silly position. Sarah needs to take a few language history classes. Screw the conservatives, and I like your blog. Keep up the good work.
Thank you Dave! It is always best to fight ignorance with knowledge and you seem to have a great deal at your disposal. Always feel free to share your insights with me and I’ll be happy to share them with everyone!