Perhaps we could chat about some words that just don't sound like they should be what they are. Emolument falls into that category for me.
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin emolumentum advantage, from emolere to produce by grinding, from e- + molere to grind — more at meal
Date: 15th century
1: the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
2 archaic: advantage
The word sounds to me like it should refer to a form of a liniment, something that soothes aches (perhaps because of mollify?), and if not that, to something that goes in a sandwich (cousin, perhaps, to condiment).
I find especially interesting that the etymology shows the word meaning, literally, "to produce by grinding."
Who here hasn't — at least at some point — found his or her means of earning an emolument a real grind? It's probably no accident that the two words – "emolument" and the colloquial "grind" -- are so closely related.
What words just don't sound right to you – don't sound like they should mean what they mean?
Thanks to Bitty for today's WOTD entry
Wednesday, August 6, 2008