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

Poll Results: 2,902 votes    vote on this poll
Yes, it helps us understand language
Maybe, plus current meaning
I don't know enough to say
No, it's just trivia
Other (tell us in the comments)

Related: 22 Surprising Word Origins (Slideshow)

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Mike H.
Sunday September 21, 2014, 10:29 PM

Yes we all should know about insects

astrid sunnarvik
Sunday September 21, 2014, 3:01 AM


Alessandra B.
Friday September 19, 2014, 7:06 AM

Not just important but interesting as well.

France Ruch
Friday September 19, 2014, 3:56 AM

Etymology helps understand words you don't know
It is not useful for a lot of people, who need first to learn to write and read (it is MORE important), but, after, it improves it

Natasha Salgado
Thursday September 18, 2014, 6:42 PM


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

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