By Ken Conklin
I am a latent etymologist. I like the images interesting words evoke when used in a certain context or words that have a peculiar sound. I want to know their origins, evolutionary usages and pronunciations. Etymology is on my list of potential future hobbies along with such pursuits as day hiking — no overnighting — the entire Appalachian Trail, building ships in a bottle and becoming proficient with all the apps on my smarter-than-me phone.
My primary source of information on almost any subject, including interesting words, is Wikipedia. I have been warned that the information found there may not be accurate or verified, but ease of use is more important to me than accuracy. I tried explaining that concept to my wife, but she just rolled her eyes and used one of her favorite expressions in such situations: “Oh boy.”
Conklin, of Daleville, is a manager in the technology industry.