Example: He came up with a catalogue of things his father said or did which upset him.
Is the use of "catalogue" correct in this example? I personally think so, as the word derives from the Greek καταλέγω, which means to "recount, to tell at length, or make a list" (1).
I wanted to use a word that is slightly stronger than list, as catalogue conveys a carefully constructed list in which we place importance. Obviously, this list is important to the son.
What are your thoughts? They would be much appreciated.
I simply feel that the etymology of "catalogue" helps us understand its nuances. That's why I reproduced it. This does not hold true for every word. But I never said it held true for every word. In the cases where it does, I think it's interesting to learn the etymology.