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Word Mystery: success / éxito / réussite


Every Wednesday, I explore the linguistic origins of one word in different languages I speak.

Every image to illustrate "success" is really cheesy.

Every image to illustrate “success” is really cheesy.

Oh, man. What a year. Except for that time that a North European pickpocket caused me to not have an Internet connection for a million years, I’ve been posting five days a week. This feat impresses me, especially since I didn’t really set out to do it any real sense, like, it wasn’t on my To Do List for 2013. It just kind of happened and I’m pretty psyched about having made it this far. I guess I have an endless supply of dumb stuff to share. Like today’s knowledge crumbs!

success — the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. ORIGIN from Latin successus, from the verb succedere [come close after].

éxitoResultado feliz de un negocio, actuación, etc. [Favorable result in a business dealing, performance, etc.] ORIGIN Latin exĭtus [exit].

réussiteBon succès. [Good success.] ORIGIN Borrowed from Italian riuscita [success] from uscita [exit], this from Latin exire [to leave/exit] from ex- + eo [go outside of].

Huh. I’ve got to admit that this is the most puzzling Word Mystery yet. I don’t really understand any of the evolutions, and that they all come from Latin makes it somehow more frustrating. What does leaving have to do with accomplishment? George Costanza is the only connection I can make between the two ideas, and he came a few years after the Latin language developed so I’m stymied.

Today’s Winner: Latin, obviously, since it showed me that just when I thought I was so clever and productive, I’m the same idiot I was when I started writing this damn blog.


Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

4 thoughts on “Word Mystery: success / éxito / réussite

  1. Congratulationso n posting 5 days a week…quite an achievement…We are 300 posts now over almost 2 years so we are far from your accomplishment…Have a great holiday seasons and to another year of reading your posts! (Suzanne)

    • Thanks for reading and commenting upon and liking so many of the things I’ve shared! (I’m going to be spending part of the holidays catching up on other people’s blogs since things are crazy. It’s like my own advent calendar where each door reveals a story.)
      Happy holidays to you both!

      • My pleasure. I quite enjoy reading your post in the morning with my coffee. I like you writing style and there is always something interesting in what you write.Thanks for the good wishes (we are going back to Canada for the holidays so lots of snow & cold for us). Our best wishes to you as well.

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