We all know that a cobbler should stick to his last, meaning that people should keep to their own area of expertise.
We'd probably even recognise a cobbler's last when we saw one:
But does a cobbler's last have anything to so with last, as in last Thursday?
Well, rather surprisingly, yes.
Word To Use Today: last. The word meaning at the end of a series, or the series item that's most recently happened* comes from the Old English lǣstan, which is related to the Old Gothic laistjan, to follow.
The word meaning mould for making a shoe comes from the Old English lāst, which means footprint.
Cool, or what?
*The difference can matter. For instance, is someone's last illness the one from which he's just recovered, or the one from which he died?