[lit-ideas] Words...

  • From: "Steven G. Cameron" <stevecam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Lit-Ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 11:07:45 -0400

Interesting etymology:


/Steve Cameron, NJ

axiomatic (ak-see-uh-MAT-ik) adjective

   1. Indisputably true; self-evident.

   2. Aphoristic.

[From Greek axiomatikos, from axioma (honorable). Ultimately from
Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw) that's also the fount of such
words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador.]

Researching further, synagogue has an intriguing etymology:

[Middle English, from Old French sinagoge, from Late Latin synagga, from Greek sunagg, assembly, synagogue, from sunagein, to bring together : sun-, syn- + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European Roots.]

Was actually surprised to discover synagogue's origin; obviously not from Hebrew!

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