Origin of the Word “Grammar”

Grammar (from the Greek: γραμματική) is a set of individual rules intended for a particular use of a language, not only in the cultured norm, but also for non-standard variants. It is a branch of Linguistics that aims to study the form, composition and all additional questions of a given language.

Having passed through Latin, then to French and French to English, grammar has been present in English since the 14th century. Grammata in Greek means letters (from the alphabet) and for a time when most were illiterate and the mysterious art of writing was an area of knowledge unique to the few schooled, the word assumed a sense of incomprehensibility, even related to black magic.

In a simple yet extremely elegant and general expression, “Grammar”, as someone has already said, “is the art of putting the right words in the right places.”

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