words of the day – germane (not German) and chaise Longue (not Lounge)

germane jur-MAIN, adjective:
Appropriate or fitting; relevant.

Germane comes from Middle English germain, literally, “having the same parents,” ultimately deriving from Latin germanus, from germen, “a bud, a shoot.”

chaise longue shayz LONG noun:
plural chaise longues or chaises longues (shays LONG)

A reclining chair with an elongated seat for supporting legs.

[From French, literally long chair. The prevalent variant form of this term, chaise lounge, is formed by folk etymology.]

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