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

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Related: 22 Surprising Word Origins (Slideshow)

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Lisa Zilli
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 8:42 PM


annette J.
Monday July 28, 2014, 11:25 PM

You bet it is a good thing. It is kind of like a family tree, it gives us an insight way back through history as to where a word originated, it's journey to our present time, and the changes it may have been through. Much like a detective it gives us clues as to where it began and how it fits now, how intriguing is that :-)

Magdalena J.
Sunday July 27, 2014, 12:20 AM


Marija Hinic
Saturday July 26, 2014, 8:12 PM


Mahalia W.
Friday July 25, 2014, 7:05 PM


Janice O'toole
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:24 AM

Depends on the individual!

Borg Drone
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 4:09 PM


Sarah Ellissa Markey
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 11:24 AM

Brilliant question! This is something I am passionate about, I think learning the etymology of words, opens up a whole new world of learning!

Melissa Graybeal
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:45 PM

I think it's individual

Anna Wang
Thursday July 17, 2014, 6:46 AM

Definitely yes. It's interesting to learn!

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