Carousel

The Lights of the Carousel
The Lights of the Carousel

There’s a terrific entry for carousel in the Online Etymology Dictionary.

A playful tournament of knights in chariots or on horseback, from French carrousel ‘a tilting match,’ from Italian carusiello, possibly from carro “chariot,” from Latin carrus.

Now in my mind’s eye I will see a chariot when I see a carousel.

5 thoughts on “Carousel

    1. 🙂

      Did you notice that the English took out the second ‘r’ from the French word? I bet it was just to show that we (the English, that is) weren’t French. (Goes off muttering “nothing wrong with two ‘r’ s if you ask me… “

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