Do you know the latin word for mortgage?
It means Death Grip! That's probably a secret you want to keep to yourself lol.
.. from medieval times when, if one fell on hard times, one solution was to seek to mortgage a property you already owned in order to get cash.
mort·gage Pronunciation: \ˈmȯr-gij\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English morgage, from Anglo-French mortgage, from mort dead (from Latin mortuus) + gage gage — more at murder Date: 15th century
From American Heritage Dictionary:
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English morgage, from Old French : mort, dead (from Vulgar Latin *mortus, from Latin mortuus, past participle of mor, to die + gage, pledge (of Germanic origin).