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Posted: 16 July 2017 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This took me by surprise, I had no idea of the connection. (As always OED is my source.)

chance, n., adj. and adv.

Etymology: Middle English chea(u)nce , < Old French cheance (= Provençal cazensa , Italian cadenza ) < late Latin cadentia falling, < cadent- falling, present participle of cadĕre to fall: compare cadence n.

Falling. Of course! It makes perfect sense. It still amazes me that one can use a word all one’s life and never suspect its origin. Apologies to those who were already aware of this.

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Posted: 16 July 2017 12:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I must have seen that before, probably more than once, but I’d forgotten it, and it’s striking enough I’m going to post it at LH.

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Posted: 16 July 2017 02:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Great find.

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Posted: 17 July 2017 05:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It still amazes me that one can use a word all one’s life and never suspect its origin

I rather suspect that that’s what the vast majority of people do, aldi.  You (and your ilk) are special

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