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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.



Definition: “A forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, especially of the chances of recovery.”  

Origin/Derivation: From the Greek preposition pro meaning “before” and the Greek verb gignoskein meaning “come to know” (a forerunner of the Proto-Indo-European root gno- meaning “to know”).

Related Words/Phrases: agnostic, prognostication, cognitive, connoisseur, diagnosis, ignorant, incognito, recognize, reconnoiter 

Punxsutawney Phil “prognosticator of prognosticators” from Groundhog Day

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

“Measure Twice...

cut once."