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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.  

Corpus Christi - “Roman Catholic solemnity emphasizing the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.”  ALSO “a city in Texas named after a nearby bay that was discovered by Spanish explorers on the Feast of Corpus Christi.”   From the Latin noun corpus, corporis meaning “body” and the Latin noun Christus, Christi meaning “Jesus.” (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com.)

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – corporation, corporal (punishment), corpulent (literally, full of body), habeas corpus (legal writ), corporeal, corpse, corps, corpuscle, corsage, corset, and perhaps even leprechaun (little body)!