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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.

Accelerate

Definition: “To hasten the occurrence of; to cause faster or greater activity, development, or progress.” 

Origin/Derivation: From the Latin prefix ad- (meaning “to, toward”) and the Latin verb celerare meaning “to hasten.” Celerare comes from the Latin adjective celer, celeris, celere which means “quick, fast.”  

Related Words/Phrases: celerity, accelerator, accelerant; BUT NOT the vegetable/plant celery, which comes from the Italian word seleri, meaning “parsley”

 


(All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)



“Old Saw” of the Week:
See if you can “complete the phrase” of this time-worn (but true!) adage:

“An ounce of prevention…”

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...is worth a pound of cure.”