Lesson #7: To Loot

It’s best not to ask how my brain works. Sometimes things just pop into my head for no reason. Like yesterday, when for no reason, except perhaps my subconsciousness’ channeling of my 16-year-old self, No Doubt’s Just a Girl popped up.

Moving on…

To loot: according to Messrs Merriam and Webster, a transitive verb* dating to 1845 meaning to plunder or sack in a war, to rob especially on a large scale and usually by violence or corruption (awesome!), to seize or carry away by force especially in war.

Etymologically speaking the verb to loot is a precursor to the verb to google. Originally, the word was an Anglo-Indian noun derived from the Hindi lut, which is itself derived from the Sanskrit lota-m meaning booty or stolen property. And just like to google has made its way into dictionaries, eventually the vernacular usage of the noun loot as a verb landed to loot in the dictionary.

*a verb which requires a direct object in order to complete its meaning. An example from my all-time favourite grammar book? Gladly.  “The butcher who found the nose in his croissant never did get along with his wife.”

One thought on “Lesson #7: To Loot

  1. Keyvah says:

    So, I love the entry in general, as I have been enjoying them all, but my favorite piece is that you used the correct plural abbreviation of the word “Mister”. Seriously, who aside from us grammar nerds even knows or cares about this stuff?

    Ps- I miss you!

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