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Linguistic Note on $1$ (one)

Words derived from or associated with the number $1$ include:

alone: literally: all one
only: literally: one-like
lonely: a combination of alone and only, hence all one-like
atone: to repent of one's misdeeds by becoming at one with the person you have offended against
none: literally not one
once: meaning one time
nonce, as in for the nonce, or nonce word: meaning just for this one time
united: many things that have become one
union: an arrangement where the members are unified into one body
unanimous: where people speak with one spirit
universal: as in universal principle, for example: holding throughout the universe
university: students and professors are turned into one body
uniform: clothes all of one form
unicorn: a mythical beast with one horn
onion: from the same root as union: the Romans referred to it as one large pearl
monologue: a speech by $1$ person
monopoly: selling by only $1$ agency
monk: from the Greek monakos: someone who is alone or solitary
monolith: something made from one stone
monogram: a way to write your name with just one drawing of the pen
monotonous: all of one (boring) type