Linguistic Excursion: Texts

Connected to the terms "texture" and "textile," the term "text" comes from "Latin textus (u-stem) style, tissue of a literary work (Quintilian), lit. that which is woven, web, texture, < text-, participial stem of texĕre to weave" ("text n.1," OED).

The etymology of "text" coming from the verb "to weave" shows the deep etymological roots of the text-as-textile metaphor as it provides structure to a conceptual system that considers the connections between the written and the woven ("text n.1," OED).

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