Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Questions That Keep Me Awake at Night - #2

How come someone can be distraught but they can't simply be traught?

2 comments:

Matthew said...

Are you distraught about this? Etymology can be fun, so I looked up "distraught." You may know, but I found out that it's an alteration of "distract," which is from the Latin distrahere, or dis (apart) and trahere (to draw). So... yeah, there you go!

James Meeley said...

Here's another one for you: How can one be ruthless, yet not ruthful?