Etymology Word of the Week – As some of you know, in addition to working in the Admissions Office, I also teach Latin at Saint Ignatius and am something of a "word nerd." Thus, each week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not) into the e-blast. Here, then, is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.
Vaccine - “any preparation used as a preventative inoculation to confer immunity against a specific disease, usually employing an innocuous form of the disease agent to stimulate antibody production (as the British physician Edward Jenner did with a cowpox virus to help prevent smallpox).” From the Latin noun vacca meaning “cow” (all information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).
RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – vaccination
SAMPLE SENTENCE - “Many brilliant minds across the entire globe are working hard to find a reliable vaccine for COVID-19.”
FINISH THE PHRASE: Be careful what you wish for…
…you may just get it.