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!

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.  

Ponder - “to weigh carefully in the mind; to consider thoughtfully.”  From the Latin noun pondus, ponderis meaning “weight” which itself comes from the Latin verb pendere, meaning “to hang, cause to hang; weigh.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – pound, preponderance, pendant, pending, pensive, compensate, depend, dispenser, expensive, suspend, and many more...

SAMPLE SENTENCE:  “I hope that you spend the rest of summer relaxing, laying in the sand or the grass, just pondering a few things - turning them over in your mind a bit - and who knows, maybe you’ll even doze off peacefully for a few minutes...”