Saint Ignatius High School

Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions Pat O'Rourke '90, a self-proclaimed "word nerd," brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!
Exonerate - "to clear, as of an accusation; to free from guilt or blame; to exculpate.”  From the Latin preposition ex meaning “from, out of,” and the Latin noun onus, oneris meaning “burden.”  (All information is from, and/or


SAMPLE SENTENCE - “The new DNA evidence uncovered by the investigators exonerated the defendant.”

BONUS WORD - Collusion - “secret agreement for fraudulent or harmful purposes.”  From the Latin verb colludere, collusum meaning “to play together.”

RELATED WORDS - delusion, illusion, allusion, ludicrous, interlude, prelude

GUESS THE APHORISM:  Fool me once, shame on you... (scroll for answer)

Answer:  ...fool me twice, shame on me.