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 www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)
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...”