Work words: Packaging Service Etymology

Like many other groups with a proud tradition, we’re quite keen about our history. Getting involved with local businesses and helping them succeed is a track record we very much like. But we wanted to go back even more through the history of packaging. Back to the very beginning of packaging itself. Namely, the name. You got it: we’re talking etymology.

As the Bard once remarked, “What’s in a name?”
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word goes back hundreds of years and has influences from a few geographical places. Let’s go with an old-school dictionary-type entry:
pack (v.) c. 1300, “to put together in a pack,” from pack (n.), possibly influenced by Anglo-French empaker (late 13c.) and Medieval Latin paccare “pack.”
O.K., so right out of the gate, we’re bouncing around England and France with a smattering of Latin. But hang on, the Dutch want to get involved, too:

package (n.) 1530s, “the act of packing,” from pack (n.) + -age; or from cognate Dutch pakkage “baggage.”

So it looks as if we have to thank “empaker,” “paccare,” and “pakkage” for where we are today with package/packaging.
Whatever the origin is, right now, we’re in the present and always focused on packaging. To become more familiar with these words and how they can help your business’s bottom line, give us a call. Ohio Valley Goodwill is fluent in all things packaging. If you want to save staff hours and increase efficiency, you’re speaking our language. Sound good? Let’s talk.