Saint Ignatius High School

Eytmology 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.
Salary - "a form of periodic payment from an employer to an employee" from the Latin noun salarium meaning "stipend, salary, pension" perhaps from the Latin noun sal, salis meaning "salt" since Roman soldiers were alleged to have been paid an allowance for purchasing salt if they did well on the battlefields OR because they protected Rome's valuable salt supplies (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – saline, salami, salad, sausage, silt, salsa, sauce; perhaps saliva too
Sample sentence – "If that "good field, no hit" second baseman can't move runners over when we need him to, I'm not sure he's worth his salt or the salary we pay him!"

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