Etymology: etymology n. (pl. etymologies) an account of the origins and the developments in meaning of a word. – DERIVATIVES etymological adj. etymologically adv. etymologist n. etymologize (or etymologise) v. – ORIGIN ME: from OFr. ethimologie, via L. from Gk etumologia, from etumologos student of etymology, from etumon, neut. sing. of etumos true’.
etymology noun derivation, word history, development, origin, source
derivation n. 1) the deriving of something from a source or origin. 2) the formation of a word from another word or from a root in the same or another language. – DERIVATIVES derivational adj
The etymology app should work in conjunction with the dictionary app. Sometimes the history of a word gives well needed meaning for complete understand. A great example is the word “Guilty”. What does it mean?
guilty adjective 1) the guilty party culpable, to blame, at fault, in the wrong, blameworthy, responsible; erring, errant, delinquent, offending, sinful, criminal; archaic peccant. 2) I still feel guilty about it ashamed, guilt-ridden, conscience-stricken, remorseful, sorry, contrite, repentant, penitent, regretful, rueful, abashed, shamefaced, sheepish, hangdog; in sackcloth and ashes. -OPPOSITES innocent, unrepentant.guilty adj. (guiltier, guiltiest) 1) (often guilty of) culpable of a specified wrongdoing. justly chargeable with a particular fault or error. 2) having or showing a feeling of guilt: a guilty conscience. – DERIVATIVES guiltily adv. guiltiness n.
If we are only looking at this in a non-legal sense, one would guess it’s accurate. However, if one dwells deeper with Etymology of the word, a different meaning is found. “To pay” hence guilty or not guilty (not to pay) vs guilty or innocence.
innocent adj. 1) not guilty of a crime or offence. not responsible or directly involved: an innocent bystander. 2) free from moral wrong; not corrupted. 3) not intended to cause offence; harmless. 4) (innocent of) without experience or knowledge of: a man innocent of war’s cruelties. without; lacking. n. an innocent person. – DERIVATIVES innocence n. innocency n. (archaic). innocently adv. – ORIGIN ME: from OFr., or from L. innocent- not harming, from in- not + nocere to hurt.
Another good example is the word bench, the one a judge sits on.
bench n. 1) a long seat for more than one person. 2) a long, sturdy work table in a workshop or laboratory. 3) (the bench) the office of judge or magistrate. a judge or magistrate presiding over a particular case. 4) (the bench) a seat at the side of a sports field for coaches and players not taking part in a game. 5) a platform on which dogs are exhibited at shows. v. 1) exhibit (a dog) at a show. 2) N. Amer. withdraw (a sports player) from play. – ORIGIN OE benc, of Gmc origin; see word history at bank.
Bank? Hmmm…sounds like that needs some more exploring. Is that just a coincidence…I think not.
If everything is commerce, does it not now make more sense when a judge asks “how do you plead?” One capacity to learn is directly correlated to their ability to understand the meaning of words. This is also a must have app. While it may not be needed/used as much as the dictionary app, it is a vital tool in one’s apps.
Now some dictionaries come with etymology (usually the unabridged dictionaries). However, having a separate book may have its advantages as the history of a word is not always needed.