May 25, 2009

WORD OF THE WEEK: Remember This Memorial Day

You might say there are two words to remember this week: The first, memorial, is defined at And that makes the second word etymology.

According to the folks at myEtymology, memorial was first used in the English language in the 14th century. And its history, or word origin—or etymology—is as follows: It's derived from the Old French word "memorial" which comes from the Late Latin word "memoriale," meaning "memorandum" or "memory," which is borne of the Latin word "memorialis" (historiographer royal, a man employed in the emporer's secretarial bureau), coming from "memoria," also Latin and meaning "memory, recollection; history." That word is derived from the Latin word "memor," meaning "remembering" or "mindful." And there you have the history (etymology) of the word "memorial"!

Can you remember all that? If you aren't sure, take notes, because—yes—there will be an upcoming quiz ....

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