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

Poll Results: 2,883 votes    vote on this poll
64%
Yes, it helps us understand language
 
16%
Maybe, plus current meaning
 
9%
I don't know enough to say
 
9%
No, it's just trivia
 
2%
Other (tell us in the comments)
 



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JL A.
Friday August 1, 2014, 12:52 PM


Trying to do my part to try to have as many people as possible learn that Care2 has said that they will be discontinuing polls; no effective date given

Lisa Millar
Friday August 1, 2014, 11:19 AM


Yes

Paola Ballanti
Friday August 1, 2014, 7:09 AM


yes

Paola Ballanti
Friday August 1, 2014, 7:06 AM


yes

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


yes

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


Voted.

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


yes

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


Yes.

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


Depends on the individual!



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