Does etymology have any role in everyday speech? For example, do common language practices preserve semantic connotations that are influenced by etymology?
A simple example from Oxford Dictionary of English for "build":
Old English byldan, from bold, botl ‘dwelling’, of Germanic origin; related to bower.
When I say "build", in what way, if at all, am I drawing on the idea of "dwelling" due to its origin in English?
I'm aware of poets that spend a career with roots, though I pass on examples of their poetics. I'm interested in whether everyday speech has its etymon available in it, without recourse to the ideal of poets being the guardian of language.