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 www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)
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.”