On-topic: Etymology

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sun Sep 14 10:25:49 EDT 2003


Ever wondered where the name Chrestomanci comes from?

Well, "-manci" you probably know already: "-mancy" is a standard
fantasy-novel suffix for "type of magic", originally from the Greek
word for prophet.

I had occasionally wondered about the "Chresto-", but never enough to
try and look it up. And then yesterday, by chance, my dictionary fell
open at the one genuine word in the English language that uses that
prefix[1].

"Chresto-" comes from the Greek "khrestos", which means "useful".



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[1] If anyone's interested, it's "chrestomathy".

Paul
-- 
The Pink Pedanther


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