Whose agenda is it, anyway?

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I was recently browsing through old posts on the French Quo Vadis bloga great way, as it turns out, for me to practice the schoolbook French I never use anymore when I came across a nifty little etymology of the word agenda. It comes from the Latin agere, which, as the blog explains, means to do or to act (actually, like many Latin verbs, it’s a little more complicated than that, but never mind).

The word agenda, then, means that which must be done. In French, it now refers to any sort of item or device (like a planner or a PDA) that enables people to associate that which must be done with specific moments in time. In English, of course, it can also refer to the actual plans themselves, as in the question, What’s the agenda for today?

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