[ExI] words

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 14:01:00 UTC 2020

On Mar 12, 2020, at 6:19 AM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Sometimes when I am reading my mind just speeds by a word because I know what it means and why stop?  That means that sometimes I miss the origin of the word itself, which is sometimes quite clear.
> Pandemic is what we have now, they say - from pandemonium = all demons everywhere.

It’s better to verify this, especially since there’s a related word, ‘epidemic.’ Anyhow, the word doesn’t derive from ‘pandemonium’:


So, it’s much more closely related to ‘democracy’ or ‘demography.’

In fact, the ‘-demonium’ part of the second word derives via Latin from a different Greek word:



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