English Tutor Nick P Word Origins (2) Malaria


Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is
Word Origins 2. And the word origin today is malaria. All right. Let’s take a look at
the note here. The term malaria was originally derived directly from Latin.
The literal translation, so the direct translation and literal
translation was bad air. In Latin ‘malus’ or ‘mal’ meant bad. That is why any word
that begins with ‘mal’ usually has something to do with bad or negative
things. So there’s a lot of words in English you can probably find if you
look in the dictionary words that we go with MAL, most of them mean something bad
or negative. Aria from Latin meant air. The term is believed to have come from
an Italian physician Francisco Torti. Okay. The disease was recognized to be
most common within certain areas, especially marshy or swampy areas. Now of
course, nowadays we know swamps and marshy areas that they tend to be wet so
they also do have a lot of mosquitoes. But back at that time, they probably
weren’t able to put two and two together yet. Of course, No. Oh yes, mal areas.
Thus the disease was originally believed to come from foul air or bad air. They
thought breathing in that bad air, That’s what may have caused it.
They know that it’s mostly in this area, and that they, they could easily make
that connection. That malaria outside of this area people are getting
malaria but in this area they’re getting it. So they got that part right. But the
part about the air was wrong. Okay of course we now know that malaria is a
mosquito-borne disease. But it was originally believed to come from bad air
and that is how the term was formed. Yeah so now of course we know, malaria is
spread through certain types of mosquitos that can carry the disease. Okay. Anyway,
oh I hope it’s clear. I hope you found it interesting.
Thank you for you time. Bye- bye.

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