I've heard some conspiracy theorists say that government, when broken down into its root Latin words, means "to control the mind".
I'm wondering if this is really true or not. Is it?
Edit: My own research.
Regarding the -ment suffix, Wiktionary says "from -mentum via Old French -ment".
-mentum doesn't support this claim, but -ment might: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/-ment#French
Only etymology 1 supports this claim. Etymology 2 links back to -mentum. I am unsure whether this morpheme, as used in government, draws from etymology 1 or 2.