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Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions, Pat O'Rourke '90 and self-proclaimed "word nerd" brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week, he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!
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, every other week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not). Here, then, is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.

Gyro - "sandwich made from roasted lamb.” From the Greek gyros meaning “circle, ring, rotation.” Gyro originally referred simply to the meat itself, which is often roasted on a rotating spit - hence, the name. (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – gyrate, gyroscope, gyroball (type of pitch in baseball popularized in Japan)

Sample sentence – “The gyros at this summer’s Greek festival were incredible. And the loukoumades were even better!”

GUESS THE APHORISM:  If you can’t stand the heat... (scroll for the answer)



Answer: ...get out of the kitchen.