Sometimes when I read a word that I don’t know, my brain connects an automatic association to it. Such was my experience when I recently read the word hagiography.
Now the ‘graphy’ part of the word I know and understand. It comes from the Greek word ‘graphis’ which means’ record.’ So a biography is a record of someones life.
To apply the same principle to hagiography, the word should mean a record of a hag, now shouldn’t it? Oh, Nellie! My thinking couldn’t be further from the truth!
Hagiography [hag-ee-og-ruh-fee] is a noun that means the biography of a saint!
Oh dear! I think they should change it to be saintography instead. Then, people like me wouldn’t be mislead in their thinking . . .