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COVID-19 has presented a tremendous challenge for Saint Ignatius High School to balance our mission of providing an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit education along with the health and safety recommendations of leading healthcare experts. On Monday, March 15, students returned to full-day, in-person learning.

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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. I know the circumstances of this week are more unusual than in weeks past, but I hope to bring some normalcy by offering a lesson on a word we've been hearing a lot about lately. Here, then, is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.  

Pandemic - “general, universal; (of a disease) prevalent throughout the whole world.”  From the Greek roots pan- meaning “all” and demos meaning “people, common people” (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – epidemic, endemic, democracy, demographics, demagogue, panacea, pandemonium (from Milton’s Paradise Lost), Pandora (from Greek mythology), pancreas, Panglossian (from Voltaire’s Candide), panoply, panegyric, Pan-American

SAMPLE SENTENCE - "We could sure use a panacea for this pandemic - I hope everyone is hanging in there and staying safe!"

FINISH THE PHRASE:  Absence makes the heart…



            …grow fonder.