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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.  


Definition: “An extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause such as a work of God.”  

Origin/Derivation: From the Latin deponent verb miror, mirari, miratus meaning “to wonder at, to marvel, to be astonished.”      

Related Words/Phrases: admire, mirage, mirror.

Photo Caption: "Miracle on Ice" 

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