Pedicure

Pedicure: care for the feet.

From the Latin words pes, (the genitive is pedis), and the verb curare, which means, to care for.

Some time ago, one of my high school students held her hands out in front of herself for a long time. She was clearly not paying attention in Latin class.

I asked if she was okay.

“Oh. I’m fine,” she responded. “I just desperately need a pedicure.”

“Why are you looking at your hands, then?” I asked.

Her reply made me laugh. “Oh, come on, Mr. Thomas! You are such a guy! Do you even know what a pedicure is?”