September 09, 2012
escape (verb)
\ih-SKAYP\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : get away b : to leak out from some enclosed space2 : to get out of the way of : avoid
How do you use it?
Amy loved reading J.R.R. Tolkien's _The Lord of the Rings_ because it allowed her to escape her boring daily routine and enter a whole new world.
Are you a word wiz?

The origins of the word "escape" are closely connected to a piece of clothing. Which garment do you think inspired "escape"?

"Escape" sounds like it should have something to do with capes or cloaks -- and it does! If someone was holding you captive by gripping your cloak, you might be able to get away by slipping out of it. That's the idea on which the word "escape" is based. English speakers adapted that cape-slipping word from the French verb "escaper," which had the same meaning as our English term. Scholars think both the French and English words probably trace to the Latin terms "ex-," which means "out" or "out of," and "cappa," which means "head covering" or "cloak."
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