Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Hearse / Rehearse

Hearse and rehearse are sisters under the skin.

Rehearse comes from the Latin re meaning "again" and herce meaning "harrow."

Like a farmer, a theatrical company harrows the field again and again at its rehearsals.

In Middle English the French word hercier became herce, originally a triangular harrow, then a frame for supporting funeral candles, after that it was a bier before it finally became the carriage we know today as the hearse for the transport of a dead body.

From http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Post/1086942

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