Alimony – Palimony
Confiscate and Fiscal
The following words concerning money also have a Latin etymology.
ALIMONY comes from the Latin word – ALIMONIA – which means – SUSTENANCE. The basic word here is the Latin verb ALO, ALERE – which means – TO NOURISH. Apparently, the word money is inferred since the dictionary defines the word as -AN ALLOWANCE FOR SUPPORT.
PALIMONY is an allowance for support given by a person to a former lover or live in companion after they have separated. It is a combination of the words – PAL + ALIMONY.
The words: CONFISCATE and FISCAL also deal with money. The Romans kept their coins in a twig woven basket. The branches of the fig tree were the easiest to weave. FISCUS is the Latin word for – FIG TREE. Fig woven baskets were first used by the money collectors in church. The prefix – CON – comes from the Latin – CUM – which means – WITH or TOGETHER.