Where does schedule come from?…..

 

In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used strips of the pith (interior) of the papyrus plant to form sheets of writing material.

The Romans called the leaf of the papyrus plant scheda, a derivative of which was used to form the word schedula, Latin for a “small piece of papyrus paper.” Scheda is a derivative of the Greek noun schide (“a split piece of wood”) and the Greek verb schizein (“to split”).

When scheda entered English, both its spelling and meaning changed, although not completely. The frequently used expression “on schedule” implies that someone or something has completed what has been written on a sheet of paper known as a timetable or a schedule.

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