Learning the intricacies of English language gives me an indescribable thrill. It's as if I was born to do it. I'm reading APOLLO'S ANGELS, a thick 550-page book on the history of the ballet and came across the phrase "accede to the throne." I didn't know what "accede" meant, so I looked it up, and it's from Latin ad- "to" + cedere "go, move." Then I remembered a word "secede" that I would have difficulty understanding, and it clicked. The word stems from Latin se- "apart" + cedere "go, move."
This is so fascinating, and I want to just study the history of words and language all day long. And the history of ballet is fascinating too. So far I have learned that Louis XIV used it as a political tool that established a very specific ceremonial etiquette that linked those who were adept at dancing with nobility and made them celestial, elevating them to God. It was at first the dance of the Kings, and women were absent from it.
This book is blowing my mind. It's like studying history through the prism of ballet.