Educator Resources for Etymology

Ever wonder where words come from? Let Tim and Moby show you in this BrainPOP movie on etymology--the study of word origins. First, you’ll discover the different ways that new words are brought into the English language. You’ll learn the definitions of etymological terms like agglutination, compounding, and loanword. Next, you’ll hear all about the history of English--how it began among tribes of Germanic warriors, and changed when England was invaded by Vikings and Normans. You’ll learn about the differences between Old English and Modern English, and how Renaissance writers routinely created new words from Greek and Latin roots. So buckle your seatbelts, because you’re about to take a 1,500-year journey in just three and a half minutes!