Letter to the Editor: Where the Word ‘Bride’ Came From

By RHETA MOAZZAMI
Los Alamos

Congratulations to Sharon Stovall for deciding, albeit belatedly, to uphold the court order, i.e. the law, regarding the granting of marriage licenses to same sex couples.

 
Her problem seemed to be with the words “bride” and “groom” referring to gender on the form. I looked on Wikipedia for the origin of the word “bride.” Here’s what it said: “The word may come from the Proto-Germanic verb root *brū-, meaning ‘to cook, brew, or make a broth,’ which was the role of the daughter-in-law in primitive families.”
Hmm, which “brides” of either sex wish to be identified merely as the cook, or brewer or maker of broths?
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