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

#8: Nun 

Typically, of course, a nun is not a mother.

The linguistic background of the word nun, however, is fertile when it comes to children.

Its Late Latin ancestor nonna named a child's nurse. Nonna came from baby talk. So did the Greek nanna ("female relative" or "aunt"), the Sanskrit nanā ("mother"), the Welsh nain ("grandmother"), and the Albanian nanë ("mother").

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