Synchronization Vs Monument

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There is a six century gap between my oldest words, ‘monument’, to my youngest word ‘synchronization’. When this time span is put into perspective this gap does not come as a shock. Monuments have been built since the beginning of time. Their purpose is to commemorate and immortalize important people and significant events that have happened in history. For instance the Great Pyramid of Giza was built to serve as a final resting pace of a pharaoh. The Parthenon in Athens, Greece was once a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. To be more modern, the Washington Monument was built in our nation’s capital to honor our first president George Washington. The word ‘monument’ was introduced in the 13th century while ‘synchronization’ was introduced …show more content…
As mentioned in the beginning paragraph ‘synchronization’ is the youngest word within the 20 since it began to be used in the year 1828. Other words have an etymological age (16th and 17th century) that is older than ‘synchronization’, but is still younger than the two main etymological age ranges the 14th and 15th century. 30% of my words originates in the 14th century. During this time there was a lot of political unrest and discontentment directed towards rulers and monarchies. The absolute may have been created because of rulers who wanted full power without restraints. Because of this, nobles, peasants and other nations wanted to ‘erect’ or set up a new monarchy or political structure with barriers against ‘absolute’ rule. 40% of my words appears in the 15th century. The 15th century is of major importance because of seaman such as Christopher Columbus who travelled across the seas in search of new land and trade routes may have impacted the creation of words. For example, Columbus ‘transited’ across the ocean to find the new world. Once he and his men found land and encountered Native Americans they saw ‘distinctive’ characteristics that held the two groups apart. In order for there to be peace there needed to be a ‘convention’ to create an agreement contract which detailed the ‘appropriate’ and suitable behaviors towards one another.
Overall, the etymological age and origin of these 20 words is very revealing. There were more words that had evolved from Latin roots than expected. They reinforced topics we have discussed in class, such as the French influence over and the English language. Finally, by taking into account the historical background it makes sense as to why these words entered into the English language when they

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