The origin and history of words
by Gabrielle Redner
“Companion n. Probably before 1300 companioun,… borrowed from Old French compaignon fellow, mate, from Late Latin compãniõnem literally, one who takes bread with someone
(Latin com- together + pãnis bread).”
Chambers Dictionary of Etymology
I don’t mind eating alone. But when I eat alone, I eat fast. I was never coordinated enough to read and eat at the same time, or, most likely, I always found my food more interesting than the book, and chose to give it my full attention. If I could, I would share at least a meal a day with others. Shared meals mark a shift in the day, when frantic energy becomes focused and personal. What happens between people sharing good food and conversation is often transformative.