According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, the Rapture is set to occur today. So I’m trying to get this one in under the wire. Still if Camping is right, us sinners and unbelievers will still be around and may want to know where the word rapture comes from.

The noun rapture comes from the post-classical Latin raptura, a participle of the verb rapio, meaning “to snatch, seize, pillage.” The Latin verb is also the source of our verb rape

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