Etymology

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et·y·mol·o·gy (ĕt'ə-m�?l'ə-jē) pronunciation
n., pl. -gies.

  1. The origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and reconstructing its ancestral form where possible.
  2. The branch of linguistics that deals with etymologies.

[Middle English etimologie, from Old French ethimologie, from Medieval Latin ethimologia, from Latin etymologia, from Greek etumologi�? : etumon, true sense of a word; see etymon + -logi�?, -logy.]


Lets look at some Etymological roots of some familiar words:

  • Want (and the word "Vacant" come from the same root) which is to be empty
  • Anxiety (and Worry come from a smiliar root) which is associated with choking, asphixating the breath
  • Appetite (and desire)
  • "to be" comes from an Indo-European root which evidently meant becoming lost in the woods.
  • thing is from ting

MattisManzel 22:57, 19 December 2005 (CET): not sure either. Word have history, and history isn't perfect. Maybe it's that you want to say? On wiki communication itself is history. That maybe? Template loop detected: Template:Stub