Re: [tips_and_tricks] Re: "Living Document" Constitution
- The ending "ment" on the word government is similar to or related to "ing." The endings "ent" (or minor variants) in French and "ando" in Spanish have been adopted with certain words in English. The French word for government is "gouvernement."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
-ment-ment\, [F. -ment, L. -mentum.] A suffix denoting that which does a thing; an act or process; the result of an act or process; state or condition; as, aliment, that which nourishes, ornament, increment; fragment, piece broken, segment; abridgment, act of abridging, imprisonment, movement, adjournment; amazement, state of being amazed, astonishment. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
For all to consider:
De constructing the word "Government"
govern; a: to control, direct, or strongly influence the actions and
conduct of b: to exert a determining or guiding influence in or over.