Here I have two issues related to this post.
- How can etymological approach to a language be used to improve creativity skills of mathematics in students;
I think, knowing the evolution which has taken place by gathering information related to the historical developments of a language can be useful to shift the perspectives when generating new ideas in mathematics because mathematics itself is also a language. In that sense the etymological approach of why the word is spelled that way, is based on its roots rather than leaning how to spell, and encouraging students to find words sharing the same root rather than memorizing the meaning can be much effective differentiation tool.
- How can etymological approach to terminology be used to find much appropriate terms;
As many know the present contemporary English form Sine is originated in ancient India as a Sanskrit word and it was transliterated into Arabic. The transliterated word was translated into Latin in 12 th century and finally it was translated into English. Because of that the present word has no connection with original word which stands for half chord. We all know now it's too late to correct that kind of mistake happened very long ago, but this kind of awareness may be important to avoid such situations in the future and it can be helpful to determine much appropriate term by going into roots .