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

Poll Results: 2,907 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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Borg Drone
Tuesday September 30, 2014, 8:57 AM


JennyLynn Werner
Saturday September 27, 2014, 8:02 PM

We not only use language to speak, write, and listen; we use language to think and to learn. That's why language skills are so critical to lifelong learning and why it so important to ensure that young children develop really strong language skills. Knowing the etymology of words helps us use the language in a more exact way that can help us communicate better (more effectively as well as more efficiently).

Nicole Walters
Thursday September 25, 2014, 12:32 PM

It's very interesting, and it often links things and ideas that we don't know are linked.

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.

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