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Grade 5 - English Language
1.52 Word Origins

The study of where words come from and how they began is called etymology (ett-a-mol-o-gee). Many words have been derived from other languages like Greek and Latin.


  • The word lunch comes from the Spanish word 'longja', which means a slice of ham
  • The word typhoon comes from the Chinese word 'tai-fun', for strong wind
  • The word spa is taken from the Belgium city of Spa where the first modern spa was opened.
  • The word apron comes from the French word 'neperon', for a small tablecloth or napkin.
  • The word joke originate from the Latin word 'jocus', a jest.
  • The orginal definition of the word ketchup comes from the Malaysian fish sauce.
  • The third month of the year March originates from Mars, the Roman god of war.
  • The word boycott comes from the Captain Charles Boycott, an estate manager in Ireland, who was boycotted by the Irish land league.
  • The word essay originate from the French word 'essai' which means trial or attempt.

Q 1: The name of the month March was named after
Roman god of war, Mars
Latin number three
scientist named March

Q 2: The study of where words come from and how they began is called _________.

Q 3: The word joke originated from ________.

Q 4: 'Longja' in Spanish means
strong wind
a slice of ham
long jaw

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