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Entomology vs. etymology

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  • Etymology is the study of the origins and development of words. By extension, it’s sometimes used to refer to the origins of a word. Entomology is the study of insects. If it helps, think of the word as antomology, but with an instead of an a.

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    “Indian summer” is of American etymology and best describes the US climate. [Irish Times]

    Baylor has entomology classes for studying insects. [Baylor Lariat]

    The etymology of the Glaswegian word “bevvy” is not difficult to unravel. [The Guardian]

    Lately, the entomologist has been noticing the pests everywhere—even on the small species of elm growing in front of a Columbia coffee shop. [Baltimore Sun]

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