As I previously mentioned in class, the word “etiquette” comes from the French word meaning “label.”  I go to French camp every year, and at the beginning of each session we are given a French name to go by.  After choosing our names, we paint them onto a necklace and we are required to wear them for the rest of camp.  The call these name tags our “étiquettes.”  We know that in Emma, etiquette is a prerequisite for social acceptance- people are labeled by their social standings.  One has to wonder whether that is where the word etiquette comes from.  The most interesting thing to focus on with this connection would be how it got drawn into the English language- was it directly translated as “label,” or did it go through other languages in translation first?

-Jennifer

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