Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
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My life is a shambles!

I've been saying that often enough that I felt it necessary to look "shambles" up in the dictionary to make sure I was using it properly. Turns out it has a crazy etymology.

Latin scamnum stool, bench ->
Latin scamillum (diminutive) stool, bench ->
OE sceamol stool ->
MidE schamel vendor's table, footstool ->
MidE shameles (plural) vendor's tables, footstools ->
ModE shambles meatmarket (archaic) ->
ModE shambles slaughterhouse ->
ModE shambles scene or state of great disorder or confusion
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