August 31, 2015
- socket (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : an opening or hollow that forms a holder for something
- How do you use it?
- Morgan made sure her hands were completely dry before she unscrewed the burned-out light bulb from its socket and replaced it with a new one.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think was happening around the time that "socket" first appeared in English?"Socket" first appeared in English in the 15th century, after the invention of eyeglasses but long before the light bulb or "Laugh-In." In its earliest uses, "soket" referred to a spearhead that looked like a plowshare (the part of a plow that digs furrows in the soil). "Soket" comes from the Old French word "soc," meaning "plowshare"; "soc" derives from a Celtic word that also meant "plowshare." Akin to the Celtic word is Middle Irish "soc," whose basic meaning was "hog's snout." It's likely that the plowshare was given the name "soc" because it turns up the earth like the snout of a rooting hog.