Pronounced: in-fun-DIB-yuh-luh-form, adj

Notes: Quite a mouthful, but it has a simple definition

Yesterday’s word

The word lade means “to load, to burden, or to ladle”

First usage

Our word goes back a long way to before the year 1000

Background / Comments

I am much more familiar with the past participle of our word (laden, in phrases such as “heavy laden” in the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew’s gospel: Come unto me, all ye that labor and are are heavy laden, and I will give you rest). Our word used to also be a noun meaning “load or cargo”, but that usage dropped away in the 1500s. Instead, “lading” was used for this meaning, and is still in use today, in phrases such as “a bill of lading”. It came from the Middle English word laden, which comes from Old English hladan (to load; to draw up).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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