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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.  

Resilient - “springing back, rebounding; recovering readily from illness, adversity, or the like; buoyant.”  From the Latin verb resilire, resiliens meaning “rebound, recoil” which combines the Latin prefix re- meaning “again, repeatedly” and the Latin verb salio, salire meaning “jump, leap” (all information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – salient, salacious, result, desultory, exult, insult, assault, somersault, sault, possibly salmon

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “He was okay, you know, after 6 or 7 weeks.  He came around, started talking again.  But he’s okay.  You know, they get over it.  Kids are resilient like that.” (John Candy as “Gus Polinski” of the polka band “The Kenosha Kickers” in the 1990 movie Home Alone)

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE:  “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” (Benjamin Franklin)