It is important to study words and what they mean. Confidence is a good solid word, but do you know a bit of its history?

The Latin verb fidere means “to trust.” Adding the prefix con-, “with,” gives confidere, “to have full trust or reliance.” According to a note in the OED, the word may have originated to show the relationship between two people, “two friends who mutually confide in or trust each other, and hence are trusted by each other.” In time, the word came to be used in a more general sense. Click here to learn more.