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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.  

Wrought (Iron)

Definition: “Produced or shaped by beating with a hammer, as iron or silver articles; not rough
or crude; (past participle of work).”

Origin/Derivation: From the Middle English werken meaning “to work,” which itself is from
the Old English wyrcan.

Related Words/Phrases: overwrought, wright (worker; builder or maker of something) as in
millwright, cartwright, playwright, wainwright (wagon builder), shipwright, plow-wright,

Photo/Caption: Wrought-iron gate.
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The "Old Saw"
See if you can “complete the phrase” of this time-worn (but true!) adage:
Early to bed and early to rise…

Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.