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.
Evidence - "ground for belief; that which tends to prove or disprove something; something that makes plain, obvious, or clear" from the Latin preposition e, ex meaning "out of, from" and the Latin verb video, videns meaning "to see" (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – evident, self-evident, television, video game
Sample sentence – “Detectives often use DNA evidence to retroactively crack unsolved cases."

ABBREVIATION OF THE WEEK:  P.M. = Post Meridiem – after midday – from the Latin preposition post meaning "after, behind" and the Latin noun meridies, meridiei meaning "noon, midday, South" – used to mark time, as opposed to A.M. (Ante Meridiem, or before midday).   

APHORISM OF THE WEEK:  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush...

*Earlier this year, Mr. Ed Nolan dressed as Sherlock Holmes while his students used evidence to solve science mysteries. You never know what to expect on a typical day of class!