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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.  

Deter - "to discourage by fear; to restrain from acting; to prevent, check, arrest.”  From the Latin preposition de meaning “from, away from, down from” and the Latin verb terrere meaning “to frighten, to fill with fear” (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – deterrent, undeterred, terror, terrorism, terrorize, terrible, terrific, and possibly even territory (though it’s more likely that word derives from terra, meaning earth)

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “It’s been conventional wisdom for a few decades now that a large stockpile of nuclear weapons can deter other rogue countries from misbehaving.”

FINISH THE PHRASE: No news is...

Answer: ...good news.