The word “engineer” and the word “engine” share a root with many other words.
The Origin of the Word
The origin of the word is Latin.
Latin was spoken in Rome. Rome was an ancient and powerful civilisation which had a tremendous influence on the world and through language it still exerts a major influence on our thinking because it gave us so many words and remember:
Words are ideas
The Original Idea is Genius
Nowadays “a genius” is “a very intelligent person”.
The original meaning of “genius” was kind of like “spirit”.
“Genius loci” meant “the spirit of the place” in Latin. It was the guardian spirit and there were shrines to local protective spirits in houses, at crossroads, in temples, by streams and trees etc. The same kind of shrines to local spirits still exist in many parts of Asia for example Thailand and Japan.
People and Families and Functions
Latin Words in English
English was influenced by Latin and thus we have words like
|at Marvin PA|
Military Engines and Engineers
The word “engine” contains the syllable “gin” which is also derived from the root “gen”. An engine was originally a war machine like a giant catapult or a siege engine. Later other types of machines were developed and the idea of “an engineer” as “a person who developed engines” was developed.
Modern armies still have an Engineers’ Corps.
civil engineering – structural engineering
Questions for Engineers
Are you an engineer?
Which field do you work in?
Tell us about your job.
What do you design and build?