Send me the answer to this one…

Junior, while drawing a variety of weapons and artillery, asked me how to spell ‘missile.’  Not having seen the artwork he was doing, I had to check which kind of missal/missile he was referring to.  Then I pointed out to him that both words came from the same origin- the Latin mittere– to send.  The projectile’s relationship with the word is obvious enough; the name of the book comes from the Latin name of the Mass, Missa, which in turn comes from the priest’s words at the end, “Ite missa est,” roughly translated as “This is the sending.”

When I had got done explaining this, he asked if there was a similar connection between the words cannon and canon.  Alas, I have failed to find this one!


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