Common Ground

Words can be very powerful.  Sometimes they can be beautiful.

So, this week we’re going to give you some words to contemplate and present them in a way we hope you will find beautiful.

I got to thinking about the word, “common” and I thought of the number of words that share roots with the word “common”.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the English word “common” is derived from the Latin noun “communis”, which means “public, democratic, of or for the community.”

There also is a Latin verb, “communire”, which means “to fortify, entrench, barricade,  strengthen, secure, or reinforce.”  What I see in this word is the notion that together we are more than the sum of us as individuals.

A community requires commitment from its members to thrive.  Communication helps us work together effectively. Commerce is the engine that enables the members of the community to gain wealth. In the church, communion is a ritual to celebrate a shared system of beliefs.

For the most part, words that start with the root, “comm..” have positive associations, so we thought we’d share a few of these with you and hope it helps transform your outlook into a more positive one.

Common Ground



And feel free to share your favorite “comm..” word via comments.