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    THE ETYMOLOGY OF GOVERNMENT

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    THE ETYMOLOGY OF GOVERNMENT

    Post  Raspy Rawls on Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:33 am

    Taken from the Online Etymology Diction

    govern (v.)
    late 13c., from O.Fr. governer (11c., Mod.Fr. gouverner) "govern," from L. gubernare "to direct, rule, guide, govern" (cf. Sp. gobernar, It. governare), originally "to steer," a nautical borrowing from Gk. kybernan "to steer or pilot a ship, direct" (the root of cybernetics). The -k- to -g- sound shift is perhaps via the medium of Etruscan. Related: Governed; governing.

    mentation (n.)
    "mental function," 1850, from L. ment- "mind" (see mental) + -ation.


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