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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.  

Cafeteria - "a restaurant in which patrons wait on themselves, carrying their food to tables from counters where it is displayed and served.”  From the Mexican Spanish cafeteria meaning “coffee store,” which combines cafe (meaning “coffee”) and the suffix -teria (meaning “place where something is done, usually business”).  (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com).

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – cafe, coffee, caffeine, pizzeria

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “The options in our cafeteria are so good that I eat breakfast AND lunch here!”

FINISH THE PHRASE:  An army marches… (scroll for answer)























...on its stomach. (sometimes attributed to Napoleon)