Zygote: a cell resulting from the fusion of two gametes
Origin from Greek zugotos = yoked
(Oxford English Dictionary)
I turned to the trusty Oxford English Dictionary and looked in despair at the very short entry for Z.
What? Which? How!
I have two versions of this dictionary; a fat compact edition, for my day to day use - compact but hardly a pocket edition:) and a two volume edition which needs two hands to move and a table to open it on to read. I have been consulting both during this challenge. It was the smaller of the two I consulted this time because I had a thought that I would just report on the very last entry, as this is the very last blog, and zygote was the word. Happenstance, what a lovely sound that word has, dictated just the correct ending.
Happenstance, a word made up of a combination of happen and circumstance
Happen: origin Old Norse - hap ‘luck,fortune’
Circumstance: origin Latin - circumstare ‘encircle’
If nothing else the English language is totally about fusions. A hotpotch of languages.
Hotpotch: origin Old French hochepot ‘a confused mixture’
Fusion: origin Latin fundere ‘pour melt’
So in this very potted history of the language I have discovered that English survived against many odds and thrives now because it is still taking on the new , is still being inventive and adaptable. It may fail one day but at the moment is doing well.
My larger dictionary has another thirteen entries after zygote and so I went to the last entry in that edition and found we could celebrate
Xythum: drink made in ancient times from fermented malt, esp. in Egypt
Origin: Latin from Greek
And raise a glass to the English Language
Glass: hard brittle ,transparent substance made by fusing sand with soda and lime
A drinking container made of glass
origin Old English