One etymological question that has nagged at me for years is the origin of "used to" as in "I used to go to church every Sunday" or in the more complex "I used to hate getting up early, but I am used to it now." The way this phrase is used makes me wonder: was there ever a time -- either in English or in whatever language we absorbed "use" from -- when this might have been said in the present tense? It clearly sounds like nonsense (to me, anyway) to say something like "I use to visit the wordreference.com forums" (ie to mean an act that I frequently do currently) ... and yet how on earth did English speakers of the past ever come to say "used to" without having first employed "use to" first? Or might it have evolved not as a verb, but as an adjective? When I think about the verb "use", I imagine that its very first meaning was employ/utilize, as in "I use the knife to cut things". I have nothing to base this on; I'm only assuming this to be true because it seems the most basic, most concrete definition of the word. If so, I can understand how people could eventually have said "Use me to help build your house", and thus "I am used to help build" and eventually "I am used to building things". But I'm doing a lot of hypothesizing here ... I would love to get others' input on this.