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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.  

Laundry - “articles of clothing, linen, etc. that have been or are to be washed; a business establishment where clothes, linens, etc. are laundered; a room or area, as in a home or apartment building, reserved for doing the family wash.”  Contraction of the Middle English lavendrie or French lavanderie “wash-house.”  From the Latin verb lavare, lavatum meaning “to wash, bathe, wet, moisten.'' (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – launder, lavender, lavish, lavatory, lather, alluvial, lotion, lye, deluge (BONUS QUESTION: Do you know the source of the quote, “Apres moi, le deluge”?) 

SAMPLE SENTENCE: “With our college son being home for the summer, the amount of laundry being done in the house (not to mention lying on the floor) has gone through the roof.”