After posting a recent news letter out to thousands of people with an incorrect spelling of the word altar, I have started pondering the reason for this ‘accident’ and I have been looking at the meaning of the two words: alter, and altar.
Alter or alterare, from the Latin ‘other’.
alter |ˈôltər| verbchange or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way: (as adj. altered) alterable adjective
altar – any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are usually found at shrines and they can be located in other places of worship.
These definitions make me curious. It seems both words have their relevance here.
When is an accident ever really an accident?