Fame – Reputation
To understand the etymology of the word FAME, one must look at the Greek origin of the word instead of the Latin. The Latin word FAMA means – RUMOR, REPORT. The Greek – PHEME – means – TO SPEAK. So when you are talked about enough you are famous or infamous Fame is what they say about you.
REPUTATION, however, lasts longer, for your reputation is not what they say but what they think about you. The Latin word REPUTARE means – TO THINK OVER AGAIN, TO CONSIDER. Indubitably, you now realize that the words – COMPUTER, COMPUTATION, IMPUTE, DISPUTE – all come from the Latin word PUTARE – meaning – TO THINK + CUM = WITH, IM = INTO, UPON, DIS = APART.