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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.  

Arthropod - “a biological classification of the Phylum of segmented, legged invertebrates.”  From the Greek arthron meaning “joint” (from a stem that means “to fit together”) and pous, podos meaning “foot, feet.”  This Phylum includes the vast majority of animals, including insects, spiders, and crustaceans (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – arthritis, arthroscopic (surgery), gastropod, podiatry, podium, Oedipus 

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “A guy I worked with in the Metroparks used to refer to his chronic joint pain as ‘old Arthur’ - a sly reference to the ‘arthritis’ that seemed to act up on him more frequently during the cold Cleveland winters.”