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.
Utopia - "an ideal state or place; an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.” Ironically, its literal meaning is “nowhere” or “not a (real) place.” From the Greek words ou meaning “not” and topos meaning “place.” (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).
RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – dystopia (antonym), topography, toponym
SAMPLE SENTENCE - “There are many books written and movies made about dystopian societies, but not too many about utopian ones.”
FINISH THE PHRASE - A rolling stone gathers… (scroll for answer)
Answer: ...no moss.