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

Poll Results: 2,898 votes

Related: 22 Surprising Word Origins (Slideshow)

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Beth O'Brien
Sunday September 14, 2014, 1:42 AM

Especially interesting to 2 groups of people: nuns who teach English, and Spelling Bee participants!

Chrissy Joubert
Wednesday September 10, 2014, 10:33 AM

I find it fascinating and it we learn more about the language.

Renee M.
Saturday September 6, 2014, 12:07 PM


Lorna B.
Thursday September 4, 2014, 10:35 AM

Definitely. It is not only interesting, but it helps with understanding and with teaching spelling. If you know the origin of a word you can have a better idea of how to spell it, as different languages have their own rules and something like English is made up of many other languages.

Jeannette Ray
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 7:36 PM

yes very interesting

Marija Mohoric
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 11:04 AM

yes, very important

john pierce
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 2:24 PM

Yes, i have done that.

Denise D.
Monday September 1, 2014, 6:21 AM

To me it is, but then again, I'm crazy like that!

Nicole L.
Sunday August 31, 2014, 5:33 PM


Kimmy H.
Monday August 25, 2014, 1:30 AM


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