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Etymology Word of the Week

As some of you know, in addition to being the Director of Admissions, Pat O'Rourke '90 also teaches Latin at Saint Ignatius and is a self-proclaimed "word nerd." Here is his latest Etymology Word of the Week.
Hibernian  - "of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland or its inhabitants; Irish."  Derived from the Latin noun Hibernia which was the Roman name for Ireland, possibly meaning "land of winter" from the Latin noun hiems, hiemis, meaning "winter."   (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).


Sample sentence – "The marching of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians is always a highlight of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland."  

ABBREVIATION OF THE WEEK:  E.T.A - frequent visitors to airports (as well as crossword puzzle enthusiasts) know that E.T.A. stands for "Estimated Time of Arrival," often in reference to the inevitable delays of many airplane flights. 

GUESS THE APHORISM:  Necessity is the mother... (scroll for answer)

...of invention.
(Perhaps coined by Plato, certainly co-opted by Frank Zappa)