April 26, 2012
allergy (noun)
\AL-er-jee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : exaggerated or abnormal reaction (as by sneezing, itching, or rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that do not have such a strong effect on most people2 : a feeling of dislike
How do you use it?
Because she has an allergy to strawberries, she puts peaches on her shortcake instead. .
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Which word do you think has the same origin as "allergy"?

Did you have to work hard to guess the answer was B? "Allergy" and "energy" both stem from the Greek word "ergon," meaning "work." German speakers adopted "ergon" and used it to form their word "Allergie" which passed into English as "allergy." Greek speakers used "ergon" to form "energeia" which passed into Latin as "energia" and from there entered English as "energy." Other relatives of "ergon" include "surgery" and "argon" (a gaseous element).
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