etymology

The study of the origins of words. Theologians and preachers are sometimes obsessed with etymology, seeming to believe that where a word comes from tells us its real meaning. Linguists would say that how a word is used tells us its meaning! Where it is possible, in this case synchronic is preferable to diachronic study.


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