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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Etymological Moment

Manufacture

Hypothesis: manu-facture; manu coming from manual, or hand and facture coming from factor (or inputs).

Econ-spin: labor (manu) + capital (factors) = product

Actual etymology: from Latin manus or "hand" and Latin facere or "to make"

To make with one's hands.

1 comment:

Juris Naturalist said...

So long as we don't try to say that labor + capital = value.
I don't think you'd do that.