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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.

Maternal

Definition: “Of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother.” 

Origin/Derivation: From the Latin noun mater, matris, fem. meaning “mother” or “female parent.”

Related Words/Phrases: maternity, matriculate, matrimony, matron, matrix, mother, alma mater (“nourishing or nurturing mother”), Demeter (Greek goddess of the harvest), and even metropolis (“mother city”)!

 


(All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)



“Old Saw” of the Week:
See if you can “complete the phrase” of this time-worn (but true!) adage:

“Absence makes…”

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...the heart grow fonder.”