etymology etymology  /ˌɛ tə ˈmɑ lə dʒi/


  1. (n) a history of a word
  2. (n) the study of the sources and development of words

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  1. Eco-anxiety is not new - the etymology website WordSpy found it mentioned in a 1990 Washington Post article - but it's only now becoming widespread.
  2. The dignity level plummeted from there and bottomed out in a panel-wide squabble over the etymology of 'scumbag'.
  3. In addition to all those words with a common etymology, the ranks of German words that are easily recognizable have been swelled by hundreds of borrowings.


  • Why you feel bad about money: Ostrogoths.

    If you ever feel bad about money, well, you should—at least as far as its etymology is concerned. Debt, unmet obligations, war, bloodshed, and sin have been woven into our ideas about money since the very ...
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Quartz via Yahoo! Finance

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  1. "I know it was unique," NBA commissioner David Stern said about the fine. "You can check the gesture and you can check what it's usually compared to. Our guys made their decision. I'm not into the etymology of gestures."
    on Apr 29, 2008 By: David Stern Source: Boston Globe

  2. "I can be a scathing type of guy without getting personal," Grove said. "Take the etymology of the word 'politics' -- poly means many, and, of course, ticks are blood-sucking insects."
    on May 9, 2008 By: George Grove Source: Bolingbrook Sun

  3. And Menzies said: "We have been human, with a sense of human destiny and human responsibility. As the etymology of our name 'Liberal' indicates, we have stood for freedom."
    on Oct 25, 2009 By: Sir Robert Menzies Source: The Australian

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