Are we using the word "temper" correctly?
Usually when someone is said to "have a temper", we interpret that to mean they are quick to anger or are prone to outbursts of anger.
However I'm wondering if this is the wrong way around. To "temper" something usually means to cool it down or quench it. A temperate climate is cool but not too cold.
Indeed we also say of someone who had a particular bout of anger that they "lost their temper".
So if someone "has a temper", should that not mean they are cool headed or good at keeping calm in the face of provocation?