The dance was meant to encourage merriment. See how many words beginning at me you can spell in this KS3 spelling quiz.
"When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way." - Wayne Dyer
Some of the most ordinary-seeming words in English actually have an interesting history. Take the word "place", for example. It is not a very specific word, is it? It signifies a location without specifying any details such as its size or shape, its purpose, or its geographical location. English originally adopted the word platea from Latin and was further influenced after the Norman Conquest by the French use of the same word, coming to have meanings as varied as "market square", "battlefield", "plot of land", "room" and even "mansion".
In modern English the word is also used in an abstract sense, so that one can gain a place on a course or in an organisation. Other languages borrowed the same word from Latin but limited its sense to an open space in a village, town or city, so "place" is related to the Spanish plaza and Italian piazza. Did you realise such an everyday word as "place" could be so varied?
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