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ETYMOLOGY

THIS MONTH’S WORD OF THE MONTH IS “ETYMOLOGY”

Etymology is the study of the history and origin of words and the way they’ve changed throughout history. The word etymology itself comes from two Greek words: “étumon” (which means “true sense”), and “logia” (which means “study”). The origin of words can be fascinating.

Modern-day English words are from a variety of sources. Some come from people’s names. For example, a “sandwich” originates from John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. The story goes that in 1762, while he was playing a game of cards, John asked for a piece of meat to be served between slices of bread. Apparently, he didn’t want to disturb the game.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (205) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month we’re looking at body language in presentations. Plus, 30 words for pets, 10 useful words for talking about the theatre, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Animals – pet trainers. • Grammar – would & used to. • Music – Justin Bieber. • Language – how to write. • Celebrities – Elizabeth Taylor. • Cinema – Pirates of the Caribbean. • Hollywood – celebrity couples. • Art – tattoos. • Cuisine – fajitas. • Business – CVs. • Transport – the segway. • Words – etymology. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!