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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.  

Aestival (or estival)

Definition: : “Pertaining or appropriate to summer.” 

Origin/Derivation: From the Latin noun aestas, aestatis meaning “summer, the hot season”.

Related Words/Phrases: autumnal, vernal (spring, as in primavera), hibernal (winter, also Irish = Hibernian)

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“Old Saw” of the Week:
See if you can “complete the phrase” of this time-worn (but true!) adage:

“Still waters…

run deep.”