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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.  

Predict - “to declare or tell in advance; to foretell; to prophesy.”  From the Latin preposition prae meaning “before” and the Latin verb dico meaning “say, tell, speak.” (All information is from www.wikipedia.org, www.etymonline.com and/or www.dictionary.com)

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – abdicate, benediction, contradict, dedicate, dictate, dictionary, edict, indicate, indict, jurisdiction, predicament, valediction, verdict, vindicate; too many to list with “pre-” but here are a few: precede, prefer, prelude, etc., etc.!

SENTENCE - I predict that the Browns will win the Super Bowl within the next 3 years.