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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.  

(Alla) Marinara - “in Italian cooking, a highly seasoned sauce of tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and spices.”  Literally means “in the style of sailors” in Italian.  From the Latin adjective marinus meaning “of the sea” which comes from the Latin noun mare, maris meaning “the sea.” (all information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – marinate, marine, mariner, submarine

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “My child doesn’t like Marinara sauce - she thinks it’s too chunky.”  

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