A New Vocabulary

An etymology of the new words I create for Twitter.

Many people assume that the word “Agamemnemonic” partially derives from the name of the Greek king Agamemnon, who went off to war and upset his wife by sacrificing his daughter for good luck and came back with some fortune-telling chick that nobody believed and got killed by his wife and her boyfriend, setting in place a series of events that eventually culminated in the establishment of social justice in the Greek world.
Strangely, though, nothing could be further from the truth. The word derives from two Sanskrit words, “Aga” and “Membiota” which mean “Kings of the land” and “Please stop hitting me with that tree branch,” respectively. It is not clear how the latter phrase came to mean “Greece,” but if we knew everything we’d be omniscient Gods and while that would be nice, I like having my weekends off.
Many people also assume that the word “Agamemnemonic” partially derives from the word “Mnemonic” (meaning ‘a learning device which aids memory’) which itself derives from the Greek word for “Memory”. These people would be correct and should give themselves a pat on the back for their awesome word derivation skillz.

Many people assume that the word “Agamemnemonic” partially derives from the name of the Greek king Agamemnon, who went off to war and upset his wife by sacrificing his daughter for good luck and came back with some fortune-telling chick that nobody believed and got killed by his wife and her boyfriend, setting in place a series of events that eventually culminated in the establishment of social justice in the Greek world.

Strangely, though, nothing could be further from the truth. The word derives from two Sanskrit words, “Aga” and “Membiota” which mean “Kings of the land” and “Please stop hitting me with that tree branch,” respectively. It is not clear how the latter phrase came to mean “Greece,” but if we knew everything we’d be omniscient Gods and while that would be nice, I like having my weekends off.

Many people also assume that the word “Agamemnemonic” partially derives from the word “Mnemonic” (meaning ‘a learning device which aids memory’) which itself derives from the Greek word for “Memory”. These people would be correct and should give themselves a pat on the back for their awesome word derivation skillz.

  • 21 December 2011
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