Entertainment / Literature / Etymology: (1) The origin of a word. (2) The study of word origins and the history of words--especially how words can be traced back to a root, i.e., an earlier source word. See etymon. Contrast with folk etymology.

Folk Etymology

Entertainment / Literature / Folk Etymology: An incorrect but popular explanation for the origins of a word. For instance, popular folk etymology states that the word posh is an acronym for 'Port Outbound, Starboard Homebound'--the part of a lux MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Etymon: (plural, etyma) An older word that is a source for a newer one. See etymology. MORE


Health / Dentistry / Root: The part of the tooth below the crown, normally encased in the jawbone. It is made up of dentin, includes the root canal, and is covered by cementum. MORE

Taijiquan (Taaigikkyun)

Health / Tai Chi / Taijiquan (Taaigikkyun): Ji: the ultimate The key to the term's meaning is the derivation of the central character Ji (Gik,) shown at right. It's contemporary dictionary translation is 'ultimate' or 'extremity.' Initially it MORE


Science / Tides and Currents / Oceanography: Oceanography is the science of all aspects of the oceans, in spite of its etymology. The term, oceanography, implies the interrelationships of the various marine sciences of which it is composed. This MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Comedy: (from Greekkomos, 'songs of merrimakers'): In the original meaning of the word, comedy referred to a genre of drama during the Dionysia festivals of ancient Athens. The first comedies were loud and bo MORE