Origin of the word, “School”

Thanks for your insights last evening.  In answer to our robust speculations, I looked up the derivatives of our modern word “school (of fish)” and here is what I found: “A group or SCHOOL of fish is said to derive from Middle Low German schole (troop), from Germanic skulo (a division).”  As opposed to the Greco-Latin origin of the word, “SCHOOL (of learning)”: “Old English scōl, scolu, via Latin from Greek skholē ‘leisure, philosophy, place where lectures are given,’ reinforced in Middle English by Old French escole”.

 

So, there is only a spelling/pronunciation connection between the two meanings.  The words just happened to become identical spellings in modern English.

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