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.
Definition: “Shedding leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs do; falling off at a particular stage of growth, as with baby teeth.”
Origin/Derivation: From the Latin verb decidere, which means “to fall off, fall down” and is a compound of the Latin preposition de meaning “from, down from, about” and the Latin verb cadere, casus which means “to fall, decay, die, happen, befall.”
accident, cadence (rising and falling of tones in reciting), cascade, casual, coincide, decadent (“to fall away from a better state/condition”), incident, occasion, Occidental (“setting”, as opposed to Oriental “rising”), recidivist (as in crime - “to fall again”).
“Changing leaves on deciduous trees make for a lovely autumnal scene.”