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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!

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.  

Forge - “a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping; the workshop of a blacksmith; a smithy.”  From the Old French forge or faverge, which derives from the Latin noun fabrica meaning “workshop, smith’s shop” and ultimately from the Latin noun faber, fabri meaning “maker, smith, workman in hard materials.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – forgery (creation of something counterfeit), forge (ahead), fabric, fabricate, fabrication (to create a story), prefab, Faber College (esteemed home of “Bluto” Blutarski)

SAMPLE SENTENCE: “Vulcan was the Roman god of the forge, known for making items such as Achilles’ new armor and Jupiter’s lightning bolts.”