2:00pm - Alternate Tuesdays
Location: Widcombe Social Club, Bath

You would be amazed how often people think we study insects (entomology), so in 2009, we became Discovering Words.

We are a group of word enthusiasts who meet to discuss words and expressions of interest. 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 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 sourced 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 donít forget to bring along your dictionary.

Some of our recent and proposed topics

     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 February    Prefixes
 6 March    Dancing
 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.")