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Etymology of commotion.png

commotion = com + mote + ion

com-: together

mote: derived from Latin "movere", meaning "move".

-ion: the action of doing something

So commotion means:

The action that (people) move together.

This action is caused by certain sudden activity. It is a neutral vocabulary, rather than "riot" which full of violence.

Evolution of usage
The notification about vacation causes an action that move together from children.


The notification about vacation causes a commotion from children.