The meaning of “perfect”

Found this out a few years back and thought it was interesting:

“Perfect,” from its Latin roots, simply means completely made. “-fect” is from the same place as “manufacture” and “factory,” meaning “hand-made” and “place where stuff is made.” That’s what the “-fect” part is — “make” or “made.”

“Per-” is like the word “perimeter,” as a circumscribing distance. It means something is enclosed, circumscribed.

“Perfect” is something the making of which is circumscribed. Something completely made. Done. Not flawless, not even beautiful. Simply finished. Also, static.

No wonder perfection becomes boring or dead sometimes — when you’ve made something perfect, you’re completely done with it. And nothing in life is ever completely done, unless it’s dead.

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