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.
Definition: “Capable of being placed opposite to something else, such as the thumb of a primate with respect to the other fingers of the same hand - thus allowing the digits to grasp and handle objects.”
Origin/Derivation: From the Latin preposition ob meaning “in the direction of, in front of” and the Latin verb pono, ponere, posui, positum meaning “to put or place.”
oppose/opponent, suppose, compose/component/composition, expose/exponent/exposition, repose, position, postpone, transpose