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02-09-2009, 02:02 PM
etymology and tracing the roots of words always provides some interesting results:

family -> c.1400, "servants of a household," from L. familia "household," including relatives and servants, from famulus "servant," of unknown origin


servant -> c.1225, from O.Fr., noun use of servant "serving, waiting," prp. of servir "to attend, wait upon" (see serve).


serve -> c.1175, "to render habitual obedience to," from O.Fr. servir "to serve," from L. servire "to serve," originally "be a slave," related to servus "slave," perhaps from an Etruscan word (cf. Etruscan proper names Servi, Serve)


slave -> c.1290, "person who is the property of another," from O.Fr. esclave, from M.L. Sclavus "slave" (cf. It. schiavo, Fr. esclave, Sp. esclavo), originally "Slav" (see Slav), so called because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples.