NK - Baccalaureate (was: A Northkeeper is graduating)
Darin K. Herndon
darin-herndon at utulsa.edu
Mon May 8 11:10:43 PDT 2000
Actually, although the words sound simlar, baccalaureate and
bacchanal don't have a common root word. Baccalaureate is the Latin
word for a Bachelor's degree, and the word bachelor is derived
(through several stages) from the Latin "vacca" meaning cow.
Apparently cowherds were generally single men. Bacchanal, on the
other hand, refers to the Roman god Bacchus (Dionysis to the Greeks)
whose name comes from "bacca" meaning berry.
This info is from the Random House unabridged dictionary, the OED
having moved on with the Herald's office. :-(
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