The Vocabularist: Where did the word 'king' come from?

March 26, 2015 6:00 AM

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The excitement over Richard III's body has emphasised the history and mystique of kingship - and the word king has an allure which echoes its ancient meaning "son of the kin".

The idea that kings are not mere super-politicians but also embody the spirit of their people - and so deserve reverence - finds an echo in the origin of the word.

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