A WORD IN THE HAND: COMRADE
We all triumph in the sharing of miles and minds
A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd
I shall never forget the first time a much-admired friend called me “comrade”. I felt like I’d just been given a birthday cake made of pizza – which if you ask me would be the pinnacle of pleasure – and it wasn’t even my birthday.
Comrade is an interesting word. You’d think it would be related to companion, which comes from the Latin com (with) and panis (bread) and means “one with whom you break bread”.
Comrade, however, is a much more binding word than that describing people who sit on the same bench to eat their sandwiches. Comrade comes from the Latin camera (chamber). It means, essentially, “roommate”, but a comrade – as evinced by my delight at being called one – is far more than a roomie. Perhaps a better definition is “one with whom you share head-space”...