Etymology (Meaning of Words)/universe
Meg wrote at 2011-02-09 19:10:35
The above answer is correct. I can see where someone could come to the "one word" conclusion being that "verse" is related to words, as in verses of poetry. This is not the case, just more folk etymology.
platt635 wrote at 2013-12-11 15:40:38
The answer was incorrect. Universe is 2 words pushed together much like with Einstein postulating a fourth dimension and pushing 2 words space and time together forming spacetime. The Greek philosopher Thales looked to see where life came from. His observations led him to believe it came from one source, but he also saw all the "versity" from which we get diversity. In Greek one is "uni" as in unicycle for one wheel. So Thales pushed 2 words together and got universe. A greek word meaning one with lots of variety. The greek philosophers observed a natural creation. The Greek word for nature is "physis" from which we get physics.
Naive, Jr. wrote at 2014-02-27 04:31:33
That answer does not explain why the Latin past participle versus meaning turned was chosen by the person who coined the word.