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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.  

Deviate - “to wander from the correct path; to depart from a procedure, course of action, or acceptable norm.”  From the Latin preposition de meaning “from, away from, off” and the Latin noun via meaning “road, street, way, path” (all information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – viaduct, devious, deviant, trivia, previous, impervious, envoy

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “We spent all Spring working and sacrificing to defeat this virus - let’s not deviate from the plan now!”  

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:  “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  Ben Franklin, a.k.a. “Poor Richard”