Matriarchy comes from the Latin mater meaning mother (the genitive form being matris) and the Greek arkhien meaning “to rule”. A matriarchal system is one in which women, specifically mothers, rule or lead, particularly in familial, tribal, community, organizational, and societal structures. …

As with any major historical event or phenomenon, life during COVID calls for new terms. For the majority of Americans, “sheltering-in-place” and “social distancing” are novel experiences that no pre-existing term can describe. So naturally, the English language has experienced a deluge of neologisms during the pandemic. …

By B. Selah Lee-Bey

Note: This piece was originally published on August 24, 2018 on DiversePatriots.com

Ask any native Washingtonian what’s happening in DC, and the first thing they’ll say is gentrification. Their families and friends are being pushed out of the homes they have called home for generations.

Ask…

Blackfishing: a trend in which non-white people alter their appearance in order to present themselves as Black. (Source: theweek.co)

The setting is virtual debate camp. The question was what is something new you have tried during the stay at home order? I was expecting responses like “catching up on my…

Spinster was originally a female spinner of thread (14th century); it became a legal designation of an unmarried woman, as unmarried women were expected to sit home and spin fibers into thread. By the 18th century, it became a pejorative for any unmarried woman past a certain age.

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What do the following word pairs have in common: attitude and aptitude; advent and adventure; busy and business; and apparently, people’s personal favorite mourning and morning? The words in the pairings have a similar look and sound. Attitude and aptitude only differ by one letter. Advent and adventure share a…

“A riot is the language of the unheard. What is it that America has failed to hear?”

- Martin Luther King Jr. The Other America

I came across this quotation several times on Tuesday after the wave of protests and riots throughout America against police brutality, racism, and the killing…

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January is coming to a close, as we have six days left of the first month of the Julian calendar (not to be viewed as the calendar system, but rather a calendar system used throughout the world). Most of us are familiar with January as the month that we really…

Let’s face it…I am more than a little obsessed about words. Maybe that is a poor choice of a word. I don’t want to be described as a person that is possesed or occupied (as obsessed is from the Latin obsidēre meaning “to beset or occupy” with ob: away +…

What is etymology?

Etymology is the study of the origin of words. The breakdown of the word etymology is as follows:

Etymology: etym + olog + y

  • Etym derives from etymon, a Classical Greek adverb that means true, real, and actual.
  • + ology (olog + y) derives from the Medieval…

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Etymology: the truth about language and words

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