You would be amazed how often people think we study insects (entomology), so in 2009, we changed our name from Etymology to Discovering Words.
We are a group of word enthusiasts who meet to discuss words and interesting expressions. We talk about dialects, changes in meanings over the years, words that have died out and others which seem to have sprung from nowhere. We are fascinated by the complexity, diversity and intriguing variety of words that constitute the English language.
Our discussions are usually topic based and planned ahead, although there is always time to discuss anything you may have come across since the last meeting. Words are traced to source, either geographically or from their ethnic origins, and we research them as far as we can in a lively manner with much fun and laughter. Recently we have investigated words connected with place names, modern jargon, festivals, collective nouns, idioms, catch phrases, sayings, etc.
We meet at the Widcombe Social Club and the cost of room hire currently works out at £1.50 per person.
We are a small group so there is plenty of room for more members.
Join us if you like words and language, how they have changed in form and meaning over the centuries and how they are changing now. All levels of expertise are welcome but don't forget to bring along your dictionary.
|Winter Term 2017|
|17 October||A Load of Cobblers - everything connected with footwear|
|31 October||Ghoulies and Ghosties - things that go bump in the night!|
|14 November||Family sayings and Old Wives' Tales|
|28 November||The Great Brittish Bake Off - cakes, biscuits and patisserie|
|Spring Term 2018|
|23 January||Animals, farm, domestic etc., and uses|
|6 February||Reverse origins of sayings|
|20 March||Fruit and veg. - etymology|
etymology [Old French ethimologie from Latin etimologia,
from Greek etumologia, from etumologos from etumon and -ology] --- "An account of,
or the facts relating to the formation or development of a word and its meaning;
the process of tracing the history of a word."
etumon [neuter singular of Greek etumos "true"] --- "The true original form of a word."
-ology [from Greek logos "word; saying; discourse; account."] --- "A subject of study or interest; a branch of knowledge."
(entomology [Greek entomon "insect" and -ology] --- "The science or study of insects.")