Divyanshi Sharma

Was: 16 years old
Standard: 11th
Defeated: Nilotpal Pathak
Who Was: 13 years old
Favourite Word:
Now: Software Engineer at Wipro Technologies

Divyanshi Says Etymology is important because as they say, branches can go high if our roots go deep. Learning about the origins of words is how you can manage to understand even bigger words. It’s not about using grandiose words to make your point,

it’s about having a grasp on the vocabulary of the English language, which doesn’t seem as vast as you would think. At least not when you know your way around etymology.





Kopal Misra

Was: 17 years old
Standard: 12th
Defeated: Kushal Agarwal
Who Was: 17 years old
Favourite Word:
Now: studies Economics

Kopal Says Etymology is important because we find that a vast portion of all the school vocabulary is contained inside Biology and people normally shy away from taking that subject in further classes because they find it too hard to cram everything inside their minds and remember everything on the day of the exam. Only people who can really mug up things take Biology and we want to break that trend.

We want people to see a word, break it into parts and know it’s meaning without having to look at a book or dictionary to know its definition. So I’ve found, from my experience, that etymology has helped me get through science at a very easy pace, at a fast rate; what people could do like in 10 hours, I could finish in half time.





Ashutosh Sengar

Was: 19 years old
Standard: 2nd year, Law
Defeated: Tathagat Bhatia
Who Was: 15 years old
Favourite Word:
Now: Korean Translator at Samsung R&D, Bangalore

Ashutosh Says Etymology is so much more than a mere academic discipline or a part of the broader domain of Linguistics. It is a life skill that can help you more easily and logically comprehend the meanings of newly encountered words, and break them down into their roots based on their language of origin and their semantic function.

I have found that my command over etymology has helped not only in developing a sizeable vocabulary in English but also in learning new languages, such as Korean (to which I applied essentially the same approach, with the primary difference being that the roots were based in Chinese rather than Latin or Greek).





Alisha Chhabra

Was: 20 years old
Standard: 3rd year, English
Defeated: Yasharth Shekhar
Who Was: 20 years old
Favourite Word:
Now: pursuing MBA-HRD

Alisha Says Etymology is important The elixir of etymology consumed at the right time can create an eternal proficiency over the English language, especially in terms of building an impressive vocabulary. It would not be an overstatement to say that English, being the global lingua franca it is, demands a certain degree of its mastery wherein etymological methodology can do wonders.

Its scope is horizon-less and given the opportunity at the ripe juncture, it must be undilutedly harnessed. It feels beautiful to be somehow a part of the Logophilia family. With Etymology for English, even the sky’s not the limit.





Ritwik P Srivastava

Was: 18 years old
Standard: 1st  year B.A.LL.B.(Hons.) at National Law Institute University Bhopal
Defeated: Satyajeet Sahai Kautilya
Who Was: 19 years old
Favourite Word:

Ritwik Says Etymology is, in true senses, an inter-disciplinary study. If there is a subject, it has its origin and it has its lingo. This is where Etymology steps in. It equips you with enough artillery that you can take down any beast that comes forth. It definitely begins with words but in no way does it stops there. For me Etymology is one of the most important subjects to study because it keeps you on your toes, at all times.

To study Etymology is to constantly juggle with scores of ideas, and learning to be adept at it. There are no boundaries here. It’s like the Elysian Meadows minus the theistic red-tape.

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