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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.  

Corduroy - “a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges OR trousers made of this fabric.”  According to folk etymology, this word comes from the French corde du roi meaning “rope/cord of the king,” with roi of course meaning “king.”    (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – royalty, Montreal (from Mount Royal), viceroy; also - since French is a Romance language with strong connections to the Latin language - words such as regal, regime, and reign  

SENTENCE:  “One of the greatest hockey goalies of all time, Patrick Roy, has a surname whose French meaning is (appropriately enough) ‘king.’”