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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.

Nativity

Definition: “A representation of the birth of Christ, as in art.”  

Origin/Derivation: From the Latin noun nativitas meaning “birth” and the Latin adjective nativus meaning “born, native.”

Related Words/Phrases: native, nation, nature/natural, cognate, germinate, impregnate, natal/prenatal/neonatal, nascent, Natalie, nee, pregnant, renaissance (rebirth)


(All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)



“Old Saw” of the Week:
See if you can “complete the phrase” of this time-worn (but true!) adage:

“A Merry Christmas to us all…

(hint - this is from Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol")
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...And God bless us, every one.”