Word of the day: Clenche

Today’s word: clenche (Fr) and kilincs (Hu).

In English, it means “latch” (like on a door).

Latch image via pgadler at http://www.sxc.hu/profile/pgadler

In France, this word appeared circa 1200 in the francique of the north/northeastern regions, most likely influenced by onomatopoeic language from Germany and the Netherlands. It worked its way into Hungarian sometime in the same century via political connections to the French ruling family as part of a small set of loan words denoted as “újlatin,” or Romance (not to be confused with an older group of loan words more directly pulled from Latin).

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