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Etymology Word of the Week

As some of you know, in addition to being the Director of Admissions, Pat O'Rourke '90 also teaches Latin at Saint Ignatius and is a self-proclaimed "word nerd." Here is his latest Etymology Word of the Week.
Valentine - means "sweetheart, especially one chosen or greeted on February 14." Related to the Christian Feast of St. Valentine's Day; the word valentine itself comes from the Latin verb valeo, valentis, which means to "be strong or fare well"   
(All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – valedictorian, prevalent/prevail, (antonym - invalid)

Sample sentence – "I choo-choo-choose you to be my Valentine this year." 

ABBREVIATION OF THE WEEK:  BVMH (Beatae Virginis Mariae Honorem) - BVMH means "for the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary" and is often written on the top corner of papers and tests (along with AMDG) by Catholic/Jesuit  high school students. 

GUESS THE APHORISM:  Early to bed and early to rise... 

...makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
(Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanack)