Saint Ignatius High School

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!
Confiscate - "To seize by or as if by authority OR to appropriate, by way of penalty, for public use.” From the Latin verb confiscare meaning “to deposit in a bank”, which itself comes from the Latin prefix con- or com- meaning “with, together” and the Latin noun fiscus meaning “wicker basket, money box, state treasury.” (All information is from, and/or


Sample sentence“The teacher confiscated the student’s iPhone when she saw him using it to text his friend answers to the test.”

GUESS THE APHORISM: He who hesitates... (scroll for answer)

A: Is lost.