38th Annual Christmas Concert

Students, friends, family, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to the 38th annual Saint Ignatius High School Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. This promises to be another unforgettable evening when we gather as a community once again at Severance Hall to welcome the coming of Christ and celebrate the faith and friendships that are hallmarks of our Saint Ignatius family.

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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.  

Bankrupt


Definition: “In the state of one unable to pay just debts or meet obligations.”  

Origin/Derivation: From the Italian phrase banca rotta meaning “broken bench.”     

Related Words/Phrases: bank, bench, bunker; rupture, corrupt, erupt, interrupt, rout, route 

Did You Know?  We get the word “bank” from banca, which also meant “moneylender’s shop” - the bench (or counter) was supposedly where the money-changers placed any money they had available to lend.  Once they had no more money to lend, their bench was broken (or rotta in Italian; from the Latin rumpere, ruptus).