This is not going to be a speculative entry about the significance of the Lenten season, but a much more prosaic explanation of the word “Lent.” It struck me that I had no idea where the term came from or what it meant.
Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that:
In the late Middle Ages, as sermons began to be given in the vernacular instead of Latin, the English word lent was adopted. This word initially simply meant spring (as in German language Lenz and Dutch lente) and derives from the Germanic root for long because in the spring the days visibly lengthen.
How did I ever get by before Google came into my life?