Etymology is a fascinating subject since it lends us the origins and meaning of words. Ascertaining the complete meaning of a word can be tricky and involves a great deal of wisdom about the ancient linguistic systems and their multi-layered nature.
For instance, the word WORD itself has the following connotation.
WORD – WORDS – SWORD
WORD – WHIRL – WORLD
Esoterically words are like swords since they cut what is being evoked by the one pronouncing them, from the aether of another’s consciousness they are pronouncing the words to. If I say “hand me the cup,” you hand me a cup, not a dog, so I cut the image of a cup into your mind. Since words, spells, and spelling are all a part of the same thing we can see why words can be powerful, even dangerous.
This lends to why we have words like “cursing”, another word that insinuates some form of spell casting. Cursive is also a form of writing itself as in “cursive handwriting”. The word curse is a reference to a “course” or something that is repeated over in order to teach a lesson.
Each word does tell a story that leads to the meaning of the next word. Worlds of knowledge and imagination that manifests are attached to them. They are algorithmically chained together like a program and function like a cable or cabal in our minds. Here are some works that will get you more familiar with how to intuitively determine the meaning of words.