Engineers are Geniuses (according to the French)

The linguistic root of the word Engineer in most people’s eyes is simple isn’t it?

It’s “Engine”

You just add “ers” to make “Engineers”.

Unfortunately, that’s just wrong.

The root of the word is latin and comes from words that mean contrive, devise and cleverness according to this Quora post:

Which backs up something I heard over 20 years ago from a Scientist giving a lecture to school kids.

He told me that the French root of the word Engineer comes from a different root word:


He said that he wanted to promote a new spelling of the word:


I asked a French friend of mine this recently, and he said that calling someone an “Engineer” has a very different meaning in French.

In fact, if you use the French word for Engineer to describe someone, then you are saying that someone is in fact a literal Genius.

In French: Engineer = Genius

I’ve never liked the term Engineer. Especially when it purports to the tech world.

I really like the term Ingeneer.

And maybe that’s what we should all be.

Written by

ServerlessDays CoFounder (Jeff), ex AWS Serverless Snr DA, experienced CTO/Interim, Startups, Entrepreneur, Techie, Geek and Christian

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