Quaerere

Quaerere is latin for ‘to ask, to seek’ and is where the word ‘query’ is derived from…bet you didn’t know that…

I love the etymology of words. Quite plainly and simply it’s great to look at a word you’ve used for 21 years and go, ‘Huh, that’s where it comes from. I never thought of that’. (‘sophisticated’ is a case in point for me). It’s like looking at your girlfriend and realising that she actually has hitherto unseen nose-stud, or third nipple. It’s like an instantaneous loss of familarity with a subsequent understanding that your relationship with the word is now richer and more complete (I know where you come from, and I appreciate and love you)…

Using the derivations of words, it is only natural that we should be able to create new words as we see fit, combining components that previously had nought to do with each other. The process has been occuring for milennia yet has given rise to a few queries in my mind of late…

If philosophy is the love of wisdom, what is the ‘wisdom of love?’ – Sophophily? Could it be that way back when, they mixed it up and ‘philosophers’ should be called ‘sophophiles’? Should philosophy be renamed Sophology?

What about Sophosophy? – The wisdom of wisdom – a little truistic but still valid…

I love philanthropists…does that make me a philanthrophile? Or conversely a misanthrophobe?

meh…

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