November 11, 2012
- courage (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : strength of mind to carry on in spite of danger or difficulty
- How do you use it?
- Today is Veteran's Day, when we honor and thank all the members of our Armed Forces for their courage and sacrifice in protecting our nation.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which part of the body do you think plays a role in the origin of the word "courage"?When you are facing a frightening situation and need to show some courage, your stomach might hurt, your heart might race, your mouth might go dry, and your legs might get weak. But only the heart is at the root of "courage." "Courage" traces back through French to the Latin word "cor," meaning "heart." The connection is clear when you know that an early meaning of "courage" was "the heart as the seat of thought and feeling." The link between these words remains strong in phrases such as "take heart," which means "to gain courage or confidence."