Etymological Meanderings

I love unusual words and word origins.   It’s fun to see old words and how they were put together.   Often these new gems are fun for me, but there’s not much use for them in everyday usage.  Here’s two I recently came across in my readings:


This is a heresy from the 3rd century AD:  “..certain people emerged in various regions who elevated the reverence due to the Theotokos to the level of worship.  They offered divine honor to the Virgin Mary (equal to God), following the example of the idolaters, who worshiped female divinities.   This heresy was termed Kollyridianism on account of the plakoun or kollyri (small loaves), which they would first set upon a square seat… and afterward eat.”  from Unrivaled Protectress published by St. Nektarious Press

The next word, from the same booklet,  is:  

Antidikomarianites.  Whew – that’s a mouthful… but what fun to try and say!

“During this same time period (3rd century) there also appeared another group that was diametrically opposed to the Kollyridians: the so-called Antidikomarianites.  These people completely rejected veneration of the Lord’s mother and apostatized to such an extend that the even dared to claim that the Virgin, after bearing the Savior, came together with a man and gave birth to other children.”

I guess it might be good to have antidikomarianites on the tip of my tongue since there’s plenty of them around today…but really, wouldn’t I just be showing off?

Have you come across any good words lately?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mimi
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 19:18:36

    I love word origins as well, that is my favorite part of the Word of the Day email.
    I have to admit, trying to keep heresies straight makes my head hurt. I feel the same about Monophysites, Miaphysites, etc.


  2. misterjimdude
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 05:07:01

    Yes, there are plenty of antidikomarianites today….In fact, here in America, they would consider us to be the cult!


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