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#202588 - 09/22/11 09:41 PM Chapbook (sort of)
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Branny, did you happen to follow either of the links in today's Word? I found this (bolding added): chapman (CHAP-man) noun
A peddler; a merchant.
[From Old English ceapman, from ceap (trade, bargain), from Latin caupo (shopkeeper or innkeeper) + man. The German equivalent is Kaufmann, Dutch koopman.]
I probably have never heard the word chapman spoken. Do you-all still use koopman?
As to his other link, to colporteur, that is another word that I didn't know about in earlier times; and now all I can think of when I see it is Cole Porter.
Q. for zmjezhd and Faldage: is the Latin caupo related to the L. word for head?
Edit--I take it back: I had a school friend whose last name was Chapman. I heard that name spoken!
Edited by Jackie (09/22/11 09:42 PM)
#202595 - 09/23/11 12:35 PM Re: Chapbook (sort of) [Re: Jackie]
Loc: Netherlands, the Hague
Dutch etymology says koopman comes from köpink, copunoa [9e-10e century) from köpon - 'buy'. with links to German Kaufman, kopen 'buy' was borrowed from Latin 'caupõ' meaning a small dealer, also innkeeper, sjacheraar. Possibly just like Greek 'kápelõs `id.' coming from a non Indo-European language.
I see no mentioning of 'head'. it 's all related to buying.
Yes, koopman is still a current word also current is colporteur which is a chique word for travelling sales man.
Cole Porter maybe started as a singer going from door to door? ( I like his songs)
Yes I read yesterday's word but got distracted by the wisdom of the day.
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