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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.  

Pantheon - “a temple dedicated to all the gods (especially the one in the city of Rome); the place of the heroes or idols of any group, movement, party, etc.”  From the Greek prefix pan- meaning “all” and the Greek noun theos meaning “god.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – pandemic, Panglossian (from the name of a character in Voltaire’s Candide; means “overly rosy view of the world”), pandemonium (from Milton; means “all demons”), panacea, panorama, Pandora (“all gifts”), Pangaea (“all Earth”); atheist, theocracy, theology, apotheosis, polytheism, Theodore

DID YOU KNOW? - The Pantheon has a rotunda covered by a dome, much like the U.S. Capitol building does.  The Pantheon, however, also has an oculus (“eye” or circular opening in the center of the dome); the U.S. Capitol building does not.