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

Poll Results: 2,941 votes
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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lesley k.
Sunday May 1, 2016, 3:30 PM

I think its funny how the US has different words from the English.
eg We say bum bag, they say fanny pack, we say postage, they say shipping, we say sweets, they say candy, we say rubbish they say trash, we say holidays, they say vacation, they say sidewalk we say kerb and so it goes on......However I find a lot of the UK are using the American words, probably influenced from TV and films. (Or should that be movies?)

Natasha salgado
Wednesday April 27, 2016, 7:31 AM


Dave C.
Sunday April 24, 2016, 7:25 AM

yes and its fun, too

Antiope K.
Saturday April 23, 2016, 12:53 PM

New polls, please.

Crystal Godbout
Wednesday April 20, 2016, 5:02 PM

Absolutely much can be learned in the changes of people ver by following language and how it's used over any given span of time!

Marcella T.
Wednesday April 20, 2016, 2:35 PM

I enjoy it. Worthwhile? Idk.

Aaron Bouchard
Sunday April 10, 2016, 3:45 PM

Sure learning is not a bad thing

Dave C.
Saturday April 9, 2016, 6:21 PM


Ivana D.
Friday April 8, 2016, 6:29 AM


Anne M.
Friday April 8, 2016, 4:54 AM


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