Little Book of Confusables

Etymology vs entomology: do you know the difference?

ETYMOLOGY vs ENTOMOLOGY: simple tips to remember the difference between these similar-sounding words.

When to use etymology

ETYMOLOGY is the study of the origins of words.

Here’s an example of the word etymology in a sentence:

“Jack had always been fascinated by the history of words. He loved etymology.”

When to use entomology

ENTOMOLOGY is the study of insects.

To help you remember the difference between these similar-sounding words, ou might find it helpful to think of an insect nibbling away at a tomato plant: tomato = entomology.

Alternatively, an ant is an insect, and entomology has a similar beginning. 

Here’s an example of the word entomology in a sentence:

“I decided to study entomology after enjoying A-level biology.”

Bonus fact

The suffix –logy means ‘the study of’. So, any time you see a word ending in this way, you’ll know it relates to the study of something.

ETYMOLOGY vs ENTOMOLOGY: learn the difference between these similar-sounding words.

ETYMOLOGY vs ENTOMOLOGY: learn the difference between these similar-sounding words.

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