English: Animated geometric proof of the Pytha...

English: Animated geometric proof of the Pythagoras theorem, for reference to proof see Pythagorean Theorem at Cut the Knot Deutsch: Ein animierter, geometrische Beweis für den Satz des Pythagoras Esperanto: Movbilda pruvo de la teoremo de Pitagoro Français : Animation présentant une démonstration géométrique du théorème de Pythagore Português: Prova geométrica animada do Teorema de Pitágoras (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To follow up on last week’s post about algebra, I thought we’d take a look at the word geometry.

The French had the word geometria, which they got from the Latin geometria, which the Romans developed from the Greek words ge-/geo- (earth) and -metria/-metry (measurement).

Ge- comes fromGaia, the ancient goddess of the earth.

-Metria/-Metry came from the Greek metron, which actually had to do with poetry, meaning “meter, a verse; that by which anything is measured; measure, length, size, limit, proportion,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.

Puts a new spin on the idea of “measured words,” does it not? Pretty good definition for poetry, if you think about it.

It all makes sense, if you consider geometry was developed and used for practical things like surveying and construction. Wikipedia has a pretty interesting history of geometry. By the way, apparently there were versions of the Pythagorean Theorem floating around the world about 1500 years before Pythagoras. Who knew? (See the animated proof of the Pythagorean Theorem that I linked in this post, just for fun).

And to think, our Creator God took what was “formless and void” and created what was measureable: land, sea, mountains, canyons, valleys, streams, rivers, oceans. Just for us. I love Genesis 1!


Let’s take our word study a step further:

Geography–Geo (earth) + graph (writing)

Geology–Geo (earth) + logy (words/study of)

What else ya got? Give yourself a 2-minute timer (on the honor system) and make a list of all the words using “graph,” “geo,” and “logy” that you can think of. Include as many of their definitions as you can, as I did with geometry, geography, and geology.