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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.  

Eucharist - “the sacrament of Holy Communion; the Lord’s Supper.”  From the Greek noun eukharistia meaning “thanksgiving or gratitude,” which can be broken into the prefix eu- meaning “good, well” and the Greek noun kharis meaning “favor, grace.”    (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – eulogy, euphemism, eucalyptus, eugenics, euthanasia, euphoria; charisma

SENTENCE: From our family to yours, here’s wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!