Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hap-Hap-Happy

"...marriage supplies a happy ending for the hapless sex." This nice turn of phrase by Stephanie Coontz suddenly made me wonder what the root hap- means. According to my handy dictionary, it is an archaic word for "Fortune, chance". That makes "happy" a synonym for "fortunate" and "hapless" a synonym of "unfortunate", which makes sense.

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