My favourite word
The work by
My favourite word
So many people died for
this word and dedicated their
lives to it: John Lennon, John
Harrison, Mahatma Gandhi
Nelson Mandela, Mother
This word is peace. I’ve
chosen this word, because I
want us all to have peace on
Some language history
In the middle of the 12th century this word had a
form "pes" in Anglo-French and meant "freedom
from civil disorder". In Old French it was "pais"and
meant "peace, reconciliation, silence, permission"
(In modern Frech it’s "paix"). It came to
Old French from Latin - "pacem ＂ and meant "compact, agreement,
treaty of peace, tranquility absence of war ＂ .
In modern English it means "a situation in which
there is no war or fighting”. So we can see that
the modern meaning practically does not differ from
the Latin meaning.
So, actually this word was borrowed into English. I
was surprised to find out that "pes" (which later
become "peace") replaced Old English “frið”,
which also meant "happiness". I like the Latin
variant of meaning more because I think that the
world without war is more impotant than the world
Peace for me is associated
with hippies. I like this
subculture. Hippies fight
for peace all over the world.
When there is no peace in the world,
people die and suffer.
Тhere are a lot of expressions with this word, and it
showes that this word is very popular and important.
All people are worried about this problem because on
our planet we have a lot of wars now: Abkhazia,
Georgia, Egypt, Turkey, etc.
So, the most common expressions are:
•be at peace (not be involved in a war)
•make peace (agree to stop fighting)
•keep the peace (to stop people from fighting arguing or
•keep your peace (formal old fashioned “go keep quiet”)
•disturb the peace (to behave in a noisy or violent way)
•rest in peace (for someone who has died) .
In spite of the long history this word still gives
neologisms, for example "peace camp", which officially
appeared in 1980s.
Peace camps are a form of physical
protest camp that is focused on
anti-war activity. They are set up
outside military bases by members of the peace
movement who oppose either the existence of the
military bases themselves, the armaments held there, or
the politics of those who control the bases. They began
in the 1920s and then became world famous in 1982
due to the tremendous worldwide publicity generated
by the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. 
In conclusion, I want to make a statement. Let’s live
in peace and bring peace to all fighting people,
because if we do not keep the peace everybody will
rest in peace. I hope soon we will have world peace.
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