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In 1951, a new word came into being and later was added to the dictionary: Eek, which means “an expression of surprise”. Why this word was worthy to be added makes no sense, no sense at all.
But what about this one: Eke?
Is it real? What the heck does it mean? Was it a 1951 wonder?
Actually, this is an ancient word. From around 900 AD, “eke” came into being from a combination of languages.
Germanic and Norse contributed auka. Latin added the word augēr. Old English mixed those into ēacian. Finally Middle English created eek.
All the words in their different languages mean “to manage to support oneself, but barely.” It also means “to enlarge, to increase, and to stretch resources.”
As long as humans have existed, all have been trying to eke out a living. They were trying to stretch what they had just a little bit farther. If they had not done so, surviving became a serious issue.
Eek wisely became EKE. After all, who had ever heard of EEK?
Oddly enough, I have been trying to eke all my life, and I never knew it.