You may also encounter abbreviations in titles, vacancy notices, or short notes where space is limited. According to The Online Etymology Dictionary, English words were born in the fourteenth century. It is derived from the old French maintenance, which meant “maintenance”; Protection, protection. The English verb maintenen dates from the thirteenth century and can be attributed to the proto-Indo-European roots of man, “hand”, and ten, “to stretch”. “Stadler US Inc. . . .