Why do etymology at all?

Mike Sangrey mike at sojurn.lns.pa.us
Tue Jul 27 19:16:39 EDT 1999

Whenever I think of etymology, I think of a particular word that had one 
meaning on April 14, 1912 and a very different meaning on April 15, the very 
next day--"titanic".

I think just recently it is becoming somewhat OK to use the word again.  Here 
is a case, albeit not greek, where a word had a meaning, lost its meaning, and 
after 80 years is starting to get it back.  I guess etymology is more a study 
of history than of a word.
Mike Sangrey
mike at sojurn.lns.pa.us

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