Pacific Ocean, Oregon

Peace, pay, and pacify from the Latin pax

The Latin word pax, most often translated as “peace,” lies at the etymological root of both “pay” and “pacify.” I can understand the connection between peace and its verbed form pacify, but I’m not certain how to link these to pay. I guess when the bill is paid, there will be peace.

And how do I fit the Pacific Ocean into this puzzle? The world’s largest body of water, a turbulent sea of violent moods, seems little interested in either peace or pay. This great ocean shows very little pacification, and many who challenge it pay dearly.

Can we leave the shining waters in peace?

Pacific Ocean, Oregon
Pacific Ocean, Oregon (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2007)

 [Daily post 068 of 260 in my year-long challenge.] ♨

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