Saint Ignatius High School

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.
Hesitate - "to be reluctant or wait to act because of fear, indecision, or disinclination” - from the Latin verb haesitare meaning “to stick fast, remain fixed; stammer in speech,” which in turn is from the Latin verb haerere meaning “to adhere, stick, cling.” 
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RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – adhere, adhesive, coherent, cohesion, inherent

Sample sentence – "Asadorian did not hesitate to advance on the passed ball and he easily reached third base." 

GUESS THE APHORISM:  A stitch, in time... (scroll for answer)

...saves nine. 
MEANING: It’s better to fix a small problem now than to let it fester and become a bigger problem later.