Technology and “Technology” -- The Etymology of a Word

Comic-Con time in cheery San Diego, and the days are both long and short. With not a ton of time to put this together today, I thought it might be the most fun to take apart the word “Technology” and see where it gets us.

The word “technology” translates from the Greek as roughly “science of craft,” combining the Greek word “techne,” which means “art, skill, cunning of hand,” with the suffix “logie,” which combines with a noun base to denote the study of something, or a branch of knowledge of a discipline.

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the first use of the word “technology” appears in the very early 1600s, The meaning "study of mechanical and industrial arts" (Century Dictionary, 1902, gives examples of "spinning, metal-working, or brewing") is first recorded 1859. “High technology” first appears on the page in 1964; the short form version “high-tech” hits linguistically in 1972.

So as we continue to build things, remember the foundation upon which the word “technology” has been built -- a mixture of craft and science, knowledge and discipline.