Understand “Candidate” through Etymology

The Etymology of “Candidate”

Roman politicians used to be very careful while managing their image. Especially while running a campaign, these politicians used to get their togas to be extra white. This helped them cast the impression of being spotless and respect-worthy.

These “white-wearing” politicians were called “candidates”. Notice the connection with “candid“, and “incandescent“?

Over time, the word “candidate” has evolved to develop the connotation of “aspirant“.

When do you wear white? 🙂

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Written on: Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 11:42 am
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