I'm particularly interested in the meaning of apt, but while I was searching through some dictionaries and examples it struck me how close the words apt and fit seem to be. Thus: what exactly is the difference between apt and fit?
As I understand from etymonline.com the word apt came from - next part copied from etymonline - from Latin aptus where it meant "fit, suited" which is related to apere "to attach, join, tie to". The Proto Indo European root is ap- and means to grasp, take, reach
Fit on the other hand seems to be somewhat more difficult to trace back. Etymonline states that mid 15th century it meant "suited to the circumstances, proper," though of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English noun fit "an adversary of equal power" (mid-13c.) which in turn might be connected to Old English fitt "a conflict, a struggle"
Reading the etymologies above, would it be fair to say that the difference between an apt student and a fit student would be that:
- an apt student is a student that has the right conduct/behaviour in regard to studying?
- a fit student is the student that is (especially physically) well equiped to engage in a struggle, e.g. study?
Anyway, the above is just an example to get the discussion started, but if you have broader views on the difference of apt and fit please share them as well. Thanks in advance!