I just got the “Word-Of-The-Day” e-mail and was shocked to see:
colporteur (KAWL-por-tuhr) noun
A peddler of religious books.
[From French colporteur (peddler), from col (neck) + porter (to carry),
from Latin portare, from the idea of a peddler carrying his wares in a bag
hung around his neck. Ultimately from Indo-European root per- (to lead,
pass over) that gave us other words such as support, comport, petroleum,
sport, passport, Swedish fartlek (a training technique), Norwegian fjord
(bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain).]
“By then, because a Seventh-Day Adventist colporteur had come into
Croscombe selling religious tracts, his parents had joined that Church,
and Hardy became a keen member of it.”
The Rev Bertram Hardy; The Times (London, UK); Mar 27, 2003.