Thursday, October 23, 2014

Yesterday in 4L we were talking about word meaning and their relatives and how words that are related have similar meaning.  We investigated the word <goes> and determined the base is <go>. We began to investigate all other related words and determined that <gone> and <going> are also related.  While we were investigating <goes> one student asked about <ago>.  The investigation was wonderful!!  We determined  that <ago> was from the early 14c., shortened form of Old English aganagone "departed, passed away," past participle of an obsolete verb ago "to go forth," formed from a-"away" (perhaps here used as an intensive prefix) + gan "go" (see go (v.)). Agone remains a dialectal variant.