Watered-down Definitions for Wednesday: Mar

 So, what’s all the fuss about the word, mar?

Word: Mar 

Watered-down Definition: To mar something is to lessen or damage the condition of it.

Origin(s): An expansive past lies behind mar! From the Old English merran, mar can be traced to mierran, where its connection to “waste” and “spoil” is understood. “To obstruct” is taken from Old High German, marren. In addition to this, both marzjan (Proto-Germanic) and meria (Old Frisian) drop clues about mar; sure enough, the Sanskrit, mrsyate (“forgets”) is relative as well. It turns out that some believe the root mers- (“to confuse”) is linked to mar; when considering mar‘s history, this adds up.

Mar. (n.d.). Etymonline.com. Retrieved October 9, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=mar
Mar. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mar
Mar. (n.d.). Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved October 08, 2013, from Dictionary.com 


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