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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.  

Chiropractic - “in reference to the curing of diseases by the manipulation of the spine or other bodily structures (loosely means ‘done by hand’).”  From the Latin prefix chiro- meaning “hand” (which comes from the Greek kheiro-) and the Latin adjective practicus meaning “done, to be done, active, applied, fit for action, effective“ (again from the Greek, in this case praktikos) (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – chiropractor, Chiroptera (the order of mammals such as Bats - the word means “winged hands” and is related to Pterodactyl); practical, practice, practitioner, malpractice

SAMPLE SENTENCE: “After I wrenched my back trying to crush my drives off the tee, my golf buddies suggested that I see a chiropractor.”