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Is it worthwhile to learn the etymology of words (their origin and how they've changed)?

Poll Results: 2,924 votes

Related: 22 Surprising Word Origins (Slideshow)

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Hira H.
Wednesday November 26, 2014, 11:33 AM

I think it depends on the word. It helps us understand the origin of the words if they are similar, but if they are different meanings, it is quite hard to draw a comparison.

Rita Booke
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 2:28 PM


Dave C.
Monday November 24, 2014, 3:45 PM

I don't know if its worthwhile, but its cool and fun to study.........

Cathy M.
Saturday November 22, 2014, 4:19 AM

The more knowledge we have the better we understand anything-same with languages.

Sue H.
Friday November 21, 2014, 10:52 PM

It's helpful.

Caitilin Kane
Wednesday November 19, 2014, 10:24 AM

Totally--I love etymology.

Natasha Salgado
Saturday November 15, 2014, 11:48 PM


Karen Everton
Sunday November 9, 2014, 9:07 PM


Karen S.
Sunday November 9, 2014, 7:11 AM


Aaron Bouchard
Friday November 7, 2014, 12:01 PM

Yes, it helps us understand language

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