Bridgetymology – Career

TODAY’S WORD IS ONE WE USE ALL THE TIME, BUT IF I ASKED FIVE OF YOU TO DEFINE IT FOR ME, YOU’D LIKELY ALL GIVE ME DIFFERENT ANSWERS… TODAY’S WORD IS A CENTERPIECE OF MOST OF OUR LIVES, SO WE THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO GET TO THE ROOT OF IT. TODAY WE ARE TALKING CAREER.

HERE AT BRIDGET, WE’RE HUGE FANS OF EXPANDING OUR VOCABULARY AND BECOMING BETTER COMMUNICATORS. THAT IS WHY TODAY, ASHA BREAKS DOWN THE WORD ‘CAREER’.

THROUGHOUT THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT THE HISTORICAL ORIGIN OF THE WORD, HOW IT IS DEFINED,  AND HOW IT’S DEFINITION GREW OVER TIME TO INCLUDE THE VARIOUS MEANINGS OF THE WORD.

definition of career

ACCORDING TO THE MERRIAM WEBSTER DICTIONARY, THE DEFINITION OF ‘CAREER’ IS:

  1. AS A NOUN: “A PROFESSION FOR WHICH ONE TRAINS AND WHICH IS UNDERTAKEN AS A PERMANENT CALLING”.

  2.  “A FIELD FOR OR PURSUIT OF CONSECUTIVE PROGRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT ESPECIALLY IN PUBLIC, PROFESSIONAL, OR BUSINESS LIFE.”

  3. AS A VERB: “TO GO AT TOP SPEED ESPECIALLY IN A HEADLONG MANNER”.

the roots of the word

AT FIRST GLANCE THE JOB-TYPE NOUN AND STRAIGHT SPEED VERB USES SEEM TOTALLY DIFFERENT. HOWEVER, AS WE BREAK ‘CAREER’ DOWN TO ITS ROOTS, THEY ARE TIED TOGETHER.

THE PROTO-CELTIC, PROTO-GERMANIC, PROTO-GREEK, AND PROTO-ITALIC ORIGINS THAT LEAD TO THE LATIN ROOT ‘CARRUS’ MEANT WAGON, HORSE, HELPER/SUPPORT, AND CHARIOT, RESPECTIVELY. THEY CAME TOGETHER TO FORM THE LATIN ROOT ‘CARRUS’, WHICH GENERALLY REFERRED TO A WHEELED VEHICLE.

YOU SEE WHERE I’M GOING… CARRUS… CAR. WHEELED VEHICLE! THERE’S THE TIE TO THE VERB MEANING!

THE FRENCH VERSION ORIGINALLY MEANT ‘ROAD’ OR ‘RACECOURSE’ AND IT HAS EVOLVED INTO THE MODERN MEANING OF CAREER AS AN INDIVIDUAL’S METAPHORICAL “JOURNEY” THROUGH LEARNING, WORK AND OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFE.

perspectives

IN LIFE, WE DO NEED TO COMMIT TO MANY OF OUR CHOICES FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND STEADY STRAIGHT DIRECTIONS. BUT WITH THE INFORMATION FROM TODAY’S BRIDGETYMOLOGY, I HOPE THAT YOU’RE REMINDED THAT TO GET TO A DESTINATION, A CAR NEEDS SOME SHIFTS AND MAYBE EVEN SOME CAREENING. YOU’RE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT! YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHOOSE THE TRAJECTORIES OF YOUR DESTINATIONS AND TO REROUTE WHEN NECESSARY.

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