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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.  

Fleur de Lis

Definition: “A heraldic device (often associated with the royal family of France) resembling three petals of an iris tied by an encircling band.” 
Origin/Derivation: From the French fleur meaning “flower” and de lis meaning “of the lily or iris.”      

Related Words/Phrases:  Not a ton - flourish, florist, and maybe a few others.  But lots of hockey names are French!  Marc-Andre Fleury (nicknamed “Flower”), Guy LaFleur (nicknamed “The Flower” - hockey people are so original…), Eric Desjardins (“of the gardens” - full of flowers, no doubt) and many more.

Photo Caption: “1) Fleur de Lis, 2) New Orleans Saints helmet, 3) Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Sakic’s Quebec Nordiques jersey, and 4) Hockey Hall of Famer Guy LaFleur’s Montreal Canadiens jersey”