Since you're reading this, then you probably have some interest in etymology, because it's the study of the history and derivations of words.

What genealogy is to a family, etymology is to words. A genealogist studies the history of a family. A person who studies etymology does the same thing with words. Etymology looks at the roots of words — for example, whether they started out as Latin, Greek, or as some other language — and how they took on their current meaning. When you learn that the -logy part of etymology almost always means "the study of," that is, in itself, etymology.

Definitions of etymology

n a history of a word

folk etymology
a popular but erroneous etymology
Type of:
account, chronicle, history, story
a record or narrative description of past events

n the study of the sources and development of words

a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language
Type of:
the scientific study of language

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