->The hypothesis—which comes from the Greek words "hypot," meaning "word," and "hesis," meaning "that I am looking up in the dictionary right now"...

Do you know where the word "introduce" comes from? It comes [[TitleDrop from the Latin, Intro Ducere,]] [[SelfDemonstratingArticle meaning "to guide into"]].

As such, when you introduce you guide something into the issue being discussed, usually some new information, such as the etymology of a relevant word in that context. This happens in some works, when the etymology of words is used as a way to introduce bits of exposition, an explanation to a situation, a point or even a ReasonYouSuckSpeech. This trope shows that [[AltumVidetur the speaker is cultured, smart and - usually - in control]], as most people in a pickle don't really worry about etymology. Usually starts with "Do you know where the word 'X' comes from?" - Note that the little etymology lesson must turn out to have something to do with the matter at hand.

The examples may also be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy etymological fallacies]] ("logos" is Greek for "word", which is where "logic" comes from, so logic is just toying with words) or just plain nonsensical pseudo-etymology (Did you know "shit" originated as an acronym for Ship High In Transit? [[note]][[UrbanLegend No it didn't.]][[/note]]).

Beware: it's very easy for careless people to lapse into ArtisticLicenseLinguistics with etymologies. Just because a word was historically derived from an older word doesn't necessarily make that part of the word's meaning as it's used today. (When modern English speakers say we live in a "county," we probably don't mean "an area ruled by [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever a Count]]".)

Compare TranslationWithAnAgenda and DictionaryOpening.



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Watanuki does this to a woman in ''Manga/XxxHolic'', explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - On and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' Doctor Butterfly says that the word "Carnival" comes from "cannibalism" (ItMakesSenseInContext). Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki said in the liner notes of the tankoubon that this was a goof on his part (it actually comes from abstention from meat for Lent) and said to call it Butterfly's mistake InUniverse.
* ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'' in its anime adaptation, episode 25, Saki and Satoru are discussing about the bakenezumi's origin, erroneously interpreting a similarity between naked mole-rat's scientific name (Heterocephalus glaber) and human being's scientific name (homo sapiens). While Greek element "hetero" (meaning ''different'' or ''other'') in ''Heterocephalus'' is the opposite of Greek element "homos" (meaning ''same'') this element is not the one used in "''homo'' sapiens", which came from Latin element "homo" (meaning ''human'').


[[folder: Film ]]

* The father in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[CulturalPosturing He's actually making most of it up]].
-->'''Toula's Friend''': Alright, Mr. Portokalos: "kimono".\\
'''Gus''': ''[thinks for a moment]'' "Kimono"... that come from the Greek word "κρύωμα", which means "cold". What do you wear when you are cold? A robe! [[InsaneTrollLogic So, kimono, robe, there you go!]]
* Several times in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', new villain Vector explains the origin of his name, neatly combining this trope with DontExplainTheJoke:
-->'''Vector''': I go by Vector. It's a mathematical term, represented by an arrow with both direction and magnitude. Vector! That's me, because I commit crimes with both direction and magnitude. Oh yeah!
* In ''BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', when Comicbook/LexLuthor is introduced as a "philanthropist" as he's about to give a speech at a charity gala he's hosting, he begins his speech by pointing out that philanthropist is a greek word meaning a "a lover of humanity".


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series:
** ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'':
---> Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder. Elves are marvelous. They cause marvels. Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies. Elves are glamorous. They project glamour. Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment. Elves are terrific. They beget terror. The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes, look behind words that have changed their meaning. No one ever said elves are ''nice''. Elves are ''bad.''
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Carrot points out that, as a policeman -- from ''polis'', city -- he is a man of the city. Later, when Carrot brings this up to the city's ruler, Lord Vetinari, Vetinari responds by pointing out that "politician" has the same root.
** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Carrot also informs Vimes that the word "copper" does not come from the fact that the Watch badge is made of copper, but from ''coppere'', which means "to capture".
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', we get a dodgy etymology of "teleport": "It comes from ''tele'', meaning 'I see,' and 'porte,' meaning 'to go,' the whole meaning 'I see it's gone.' [[labelnote:*]]It actually derives from "tele" = "far", and "port" meaning "door". Thus, a door to a faraway place. [[/labelnote]]
** ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' has a semi-accurate etymology of "wizard". Susan reflects that the word derives from "wise", which is true - but the [[FootnoteFever accompanying footnote]] claims "From the Old wys-ars: lit. one who, at the bottom, is very smart.
* Creator/DaveBarry has a tendency to do this in some of his works.
** Several examples from his columns:
--->"Perspective" is derived from two ancient Greek words: "persp," meaning "something bad that happens to somebody else," and "ective," meaning "ideally somebody like Creator/DonaldTrump."\\
The very word "insect" is a combination of two ancient Greek words: "in," meaning "a," and "sect," meaning "repulsive little creature."\\
The hypothesis—which comes from the Greek words "hypot," meaning "word," and "hesis," meaning "that I am looking up in the dictionary right now"...
** In ''Dave Barry's Guide to Guys'', he explains the following:
--->Guys contain stuff called "testosterone" - from the Latin "testo," (meaning "stuff") and "sterone" ("that guys contain").
** ''Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex'' claims that astrology must be "very scientific" because the word "comes from the Greek or possibly Latin words 'astro' and 'ology.'"
** ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' notes that "ultimatum" comes "from the Latin, meaning 'a kind of thing that a person issues.'"
* In the ''Literature/MerryGentry'' series, the [[AsYouKnow narrator's monologue]] often explains the Gaelic origins of certain words, and connects their modern, metaphorical meaning to the ancient, literal meaning used by [[TheFairFolk the fey]] in the story. For instance, "slogan" is a corruption of "slaugh-gairn," so called because Celtic war cries were a kind of incantation, calling on the faerie slaugh to help them. She also describes an actress as "glamorous" as a way of pointing out that her faerie power and her fame are synergistic.
* ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'': Lee Crabb points out that Dinotopia directly translates not to "dinosaur utopia", but "terrible place".
* CausticCritic George Jean Nathan invented two derisive joke etymologies for "vaudeville":
-->French: "Va" (go) + "de" (to) + "vil" (something low).
-->German: "Wo" (where) + "der" (is the) + "Will" (sense)?
* In Max Shulman's ''Barefoot Boy with Cheek'', the author's note explains that "Minnesota" is a meaningless combination of the only two Indian words he knows: "'Minne' meaning a place where four spavined men and a minor woman ate underdone pemmican, and 'sota' meaning the day the bison got away because the hunter's wife blunted his arrows in a fit of pique."
* ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' makes a few jokes of this type:
** "Tedium" is alleged to derive "from a very obvious source--the first words of the ancient Latin hymn ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Deum Te Deum Laudamus]]''. In this apparently natural derivation there is something that saddens."
** "Tadpole," as mentioned in the [[KrakenAndLeviathan "Leviathan"]] entry, is implied to be derived from its Latin name, ''Thaddeus polandensis'' (Thaddeus of Poland).


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': The VictimOfTheWeek was a guy who seemed to really be SantaClaus. This gives them another opportunity to bicker LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. Booth's remark isn't quite FromTheLatinIntroDucere, but Brennan's correction is.
-->'''Brennan:''' Kriss Kringle. From the North Pole. Lives above a toy store - This is further evidence that our victim, is indeed, the mythic figure known as Santa Claus.\\
'''Booth:''' '''Mythic'''. Coming from the Latin, "Myth", meaning "doesn't actually exist."\\
'''Brennan:''' No. From the Greek, "Mythos", meaning "word."
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had one when Grissom investigated the death of a man who had Down's syndrome. After catching the murderer, Grissom calls back to an earlier conversation where the murderer called the victim a "retard" (Grissom corrected him, of course) and informs him that "retard" means "to hinder", so the killer's life "just got retarded".
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', River comments on Mal's name, saying "Mal. Bad. [[AltumVidetur In the Latin.]]"
** And, in fact, gets it wrong. In Mal Reynolds' case, "Mal" is short for "Malcolm", a Scottish name meaning "Follower of St. Columba." Unless it should be taken to simply mean that Mal [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold isn't as bad as he presents himself to be.]]
* Fletcher in ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' averts it for humorous effect in this exchange with Warden Barrowclough:
--> '''Fletcher:''' If you want to do something for us, give us more freedom, better grub, conjugal visits.
--> '''Mr. Barrowclough:''' What?
--> '''Fletcher:''' Conjugals. From the Latin "conjugari", meaning [[UnusualEuphemism "to have it away"]].


[[folder: Music ]]

* The liner notes to the Music/PDQBach recording ''Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities'' make the parenthetical claim that the name "Alamo" comes from the French, meaning "in the style of one of Film/TheThreeStooges."


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSf8Vah8Y_Y This exchange]] between Max and Tycho in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'':
-->'''Tycho''': Do you know the etymology of the word "flop"?\\
'''Max''': Nope!\\
'''Tycho''': In the early 1600s, [[SophisticatedAsHell it was when the King would take a shit on a peasant]]. I fold.
* From ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'':
-->'''Viridi:''' I wish I had an angel to do my bidding. It's like having an intern.\\
'''Pit:''' I'm not an intern. I'm a messenger of the gods!\\
'''Viridi:''' Poor Pit. Don't you know that the definition of angel is "errand spirit"?\\
'''Pit:''' That's a lie. Right, Lady Palutena? I'm not your personal assistant.\\
'''Palutena:''' ...I could use a coffee.\\
'''Pit:''' [[HypocriticalHumor Sure thing. Cream and two sugars, right?]]


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* In the first ''{{Mameshiba}}'' video, Green Pea, the trivia is that the French word for dandelion, "pissenlit", means "urinate in bed".


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/{{xkcd}}'' strip 1319, "[[http://xkcd.com/1319/ Automation]]", which demonstrates the futility of automating software tasks, claims that "automating" comes from the roots "auto-" (self) and "mating" (screwing).
** [[http://xkcd.com/1012/ Another strip]] involves a StealthPun when the wrong superhero shows up to foil an attack of giant insects...


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' Krieger is discussing replacing Ray's paralyzed legs with mechanical ones. Ray refers to them as "robotic legs", but Krieger says that it's not robotics, it's ''bionics'', "From the Greek, for like--'kick-ass'!" Ray asks him if there's a Greek word for "insane".


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Teachers tend to do this to make a subject stick.
* A joke: Do you know where the word "Politics" comes from? "Poly-", meaning "Many" and "-tics" meaning "Bloodsucking parasites."
* Another joke: "Ex" means "former" and a spurt is a drip under pressure. So an "expert" is a "former drip under pressure".
* Creator/JackHandey:
-->"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Basically, it's made up of two separate words — 'mank' and 'ind.' What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind."
* Often used by preachers, especially when explaining complicated words in Literature/TheBible. (Usually justified since the New Testament was originally written in Greek, after all.)
* Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, gave us the following case of etymological fallacy:
--->"Divide the name {{Adam|AndEvePlot}} into two syllables, and it reads, ''a dam'', or obstruction... it stands for obstruction, error, even the supposed separation of man from God."
** "Adam" is actually derived from the Hebrew ''Adama'' (sorry, ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Galactica]]'' fans, emphasis on the last syllable) meaning "earth" or "soil" (because, you know, [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Adam was made from earth/soil]]...).