Where does the word antiquated come from?
Balcony, a European word
I don't think much of spring cleaning, but it's time to brush the dirt that has settled on the balcony over the winter with a broom. You notice this at the latest when the greening of the balcony requires the use of the watering can. The following is neither a description of recommended balcony plants nor a tip on how best to sweep your balcony. Rather, the question to be dealt with is where from balcony actually comes.
The word is used by many like balcony pronounced. That indicates a French origin. We actually took it over from the French who got the word balcon however, did not invent it themselves. Especially during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Italian influence at the French court was very great: starting with Catherine de Medici, who as the wife of Henry II was Queen of France from 1547 and later regent, to Maria de Medici, also through marriage French queen and later regent, right up to Cardinal Mazarin (Giulio Mazzarino), who also came from Italy and who was the ruling minister of France from 1642 to 1661 and held the actual power in the state. This political and cultural influence, which lasted over a century, also manifested itself in a large number of Italian loanwords (Italianisms).
Also balcon comes from Italian. The word balcone originally referred to a beam frame there. Beam frame suggests in which direction to look further: balcone goes to the Lombard word balko back. The Lombards were a Germanic people who immigrated to northern Italy in the 6th century and left some linguistic traces there (including in Lombardy, which owes its name to the Lombards). The Lombardbalko is directly with our German word bar related.
I haven't swept the balcony yet, but now I know that you can with the word balcony can trace part of European history. The Germanic word came to Italy with the Lombards. From there it traveled to France with Italian princesses, cardinals and their entourage and came later than French here en vogue was to come back to us in the Germanic-speaking area - a truly European word! By the way, you now also know that word history can be used as an excuse if you don't feel like doing housework. The balcony has to wait another day.
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