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Feb. 25th, 2011 | 10:43 am
This is for the word nerds that AmyD sent to follow my twitter this morning. Some of you (and by "some" I mean "E" and "M[-----] P[------]") may remember it about from ten years ago, before the Age Of Blogs, when I posted things like this to the OWW mailing list.
I am sure I can't be spelling "coplative" correctly, as I cannot find it in any dictionary. But I know that is the word I want, even if I can't spell it.M[-----] P[------] answered:
Copula. Comes from the exact same root word you think it does.And I replied:
Actually, copula is a compound word constructed from three roots:
- cop- is from the Scandanavian stem cop(p), meaning top or head, as in attercop, or spider, which leads to copweb, or cobweb, as we now know it;
- -u- is a contraction of you, or tu, as in "e tu Brute?" or "whut's eetin' u?"; and
- -la is a note that follows so.
Thus we can see that copula means, literally, you're a singer caught in the web.
When one reflects that medieval Scandanavian vikings conquered Sicily, much becomes clear. The word is a reference to Sinatra's connections to the Mafia. This is why Francis Ford Copula, or "Coppola" (an obvious nom de plume), was listed as the director of "The Godfather," which was a movie in part about a singer's involvement with the mob.
The connection to grammar derives from omerta, or the Mafia's code of silence, as the copulative case is the one that can remain silent, or unspoken.