Deck the halls with boughs of holly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la. / Tis the season to be jolly, / Fa la la la la, la la la la
A friend and I at work have debated the word deck. Is it merely a play on the prefix “dec” as in decorate? I don’t think the two words are related at all. It looks to me that vordecken - to cover, is the word in the song.
Etymology: Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare, from decor-, decus ornament, honor
Main Entry: deck
Etymology: Middle English dekke covering of a ship, from Middle Dutch *dec covering, probably from Middle Low German vordeck, from vordecken to cover, from vor- for- + decken to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover