Break is one of the least adulterated words in our language.

That sound has stood the test of time and a range of pronunciations and its meaning is still roughly the same as it was several thousand years ago.

Maybe being onomatopeic probably helps. Like a crack.

We break our brief in two to make the sound.

It also helps that breaks and cracks are so common in our lives.

They’re feared and desired.

A new day breaks as the waves break on the shore.

Wait till the news breaks that the heat today will break all records.

Take a break from work or you’ll break under the stress.

You’re breaking my heart.

And my favourite of all: breakfast.