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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!
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.  

Androgyny - "neither clearly masculine nor clearly feminine in appearance.”  From the Greek nouns andros meaning “man, male” and gyne meaning “woman.” (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – android, Neanderthal, philanderer, Andrew; OB/GYN, misogyny

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “Believe it or not, when the Beatles first arrived on the scene, their mop-top haircuts were considered by some to be androgynous.”

FINISH THE PHRASE -  Life is short (vita brevis)…

Answer: is long (ars longa).