Friday, July 2, 2010

Parity

Parity, another word that I had to look up in someones blog reply. Now, most people know this word as meaning something like equality, or, if I'm using my recently learned vocabulary words, thanks to Seana, fungible, (no we're not talking about fungus..go look it up for yourself if you don't know the meaning). But, one of the definitions struck me..

par·i·ty 2 (pr-t)
n.
1. The condition of having given birth.
2. The number of children borne by one woman.


This form is from the Latin parere, to give birth, or bring bring forth. Not what I think about when we're talking about a word that also means equality. I mean, I have 2 kids, and I can tell you from experiences with my friends with more kids, having 2 is by no means equal with having 4, (although I at times wonder if one of my kids is equal to several on his own, but that's another story altogether). No, that's not exactly what they meant. Something more like..."Consider the parity of the moms when getting a mom's group together so you know how many kids to expect" would probably be more like it. So, after all of that, parity is not always equal.

3 comments:

seana said...

Nice work. I am actually quite surprised that there are two meanings of parity, and apparently stemming from quite different sources. Since one comes from 'pair' and one comes from 'to give birth', I guess the only real overlap is if you happened to give birth to twins...

Glenna said...

Yikes, that's something I was glad to avoid. I like sleeping to much to have 2 babies at a time.

seana said...

My friends have twins, who will soon be three. Your intuitions are right about that. On the other hand, for someone who gets to observe from afar, they are pretty adorable, and on balance, probably worth it...