A fun look at the word "arm" and its various meanings in German and English. Also: what do waffles have to do with atomic weapons.
The core idea of this root was:
It’s the origin of a quite wide array of words that all in some way are about connecting parts or making parts fit.
Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:
- arm (bones joined together into a whole)
- arthritis (“related to joints”)
- arm (tool fitted together, then “weapon”)
- armor (again, stuff fitted together)
- alarm (originally: “to the weapons”)
- art, artificial, artist, artifact (“stuff fitted together”)
- article (“part of a whole”)
- articulate (“to say clearly, as separate parts”)
- order (“fitted together”)
- ordinary (originally “according to order”)
- subordinate (“ordered below”)
- harmony (“fitting tones”)