Saint Ignatius High School

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.  

Tripod - “a stool, table, pedestal, etc. with three legs.”  From the Greek tripous, tripodis meaning “three-footed, or three-legged table,” which combines from tri- meaning “three” and pous meaning “foot.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – for tri: triangle, trident, Triduum, triathlon, triceps, and so on; for pod (or ped in Latin): biped, pinniped (flippered animals like seals & walruses), expedition, pedometer, pedigree, pedestrian, Arthropod (jointed feet), Oedipus (originally Oidipous - “swollen foot”), platypus (originally, platypus - “flat-footed”) and many, many more!

SENTENCE - This week, we had “Picture Day” at school - lots of tripods and umbrella reflectors were seen around campus!