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

Poll Results: 2,923 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)
 



Related: 22 Surprising Word Origins (Slideshow)




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Cathy M.
Saturday November 22, 2014, 4:19 AM


The more knowledge we have the better we understand anything-same with languages.

Sue H.
Friday November 21, 2014, 10:52 PM


It's helpful.

Caitilin Kane
Wednesday November 19, 2014, 10:24 AM


Totally--I love etymology.

Natasha Salgado
Saturday November 15, 2014, 11:48 PM


Absolutely

Karen Everton
Sunday November 9, 2014, 9:07 PM


absolutely

Karen S.
Sunday November 9, 2014, 7:11 AM


voted

Aaron Bouchard
Friday November 7, 2014, 12:01 PM


Yes, it helps us understand language

Jean Griffiths
Monday November 3, 2014, 11:31 AM


Most definitely!

Jean Griffiths
Monday November 3, 2014, 11:30 AM


Absolutely

Dana Focsa
Sunday November 2, 2014, 4:30 AM


the interest for the study... no matter in what field, can only be a step forward



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