Words at Play : Top 10 Words That Come from "Mother"

#6: Matrimony

Matrimony joins two people, but that pairing is rooted in one word: mother.

Matrimony comes from mater, Latin for "mother." This reflects the traditional role of marriage in legalizing motherhood – allowing women to produce legitimate children and heirs.

(Worried that men aren't getting a fair shake? Marital comes from maritus, Latin for both "married" and "husband.")

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