Now, of course I know what a diaper is (though we call them nappies in Britain) but how does one diap?
Well, one can't, of course: the word diaper, meaning a wrapper for a baby's bottom:
(Photo: ParentingPatch Yes, diapers are for Christmas as well as the rest of the year.)
comes from its other meaning, which is fabric with a small woven repeating pattern on it, usually diamonds.
Diaper can mean that sort of pattern used as a decoration, too.
So you can even have diapers on your coat of arms.
Anyway, what's wrong with the word diaper?
Well, you really wouldn't want to get those meanings mixed up, would you?
Word Not To Use Carelessly Today: diaper. This word, delightfully, comes from the Old French diaspre, from the Mediaeval Latin diasprus, made of diaper, from the Mediaeval Greek diaspros, pure white, from aspros, which means shining.