I was writing earlier about small books, booklets, and I used the word pamphlet, and also leaflet… and I began to wonder about the suffix ‘-let’, meaning a small something. The more I thought about it, the more examples I thought of, bracelet, anklet, doublet, gauntlet, hamlet… but not all the words ending in ‘-let’ were actually things which were small, because their origins were different.
But the actual word ‘let’ is interesting in itself, as a noun, as a verb,
- to allow
- to to
Needless to say, as with so many little words which are really interesting, ‘let’ is of Old English origin!