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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vocabulary Face-lift: KNOWING THE ROOTS (It's fun!)

Knowing the Roots

At least half of the words in the English language are derived
from Greek and Latin roots. Knowing these roots helps us to
grasp the meaning of words before we look them up in the
dictionary. It also helps us to see how words are often arranged
 in families with similar characteristics.
Dandelion=dent de lion

Learning the roots of our language can even be fun!

And see how much weight they can give to your GUESSES!

Some common Greek and Latin roots:
Root (source)MeaningEnglish words
aster, astr (G)starastronomy, astrology
audi (L)to hearaudible, auditorium
bene (L)good, wellbenefit, benevolent
bio (G)lifebiology, autobiography
dic, dict (L)to speakdictionary, dictator
fer (L)to carrytransfer, referral
fix (L)to fastenfix, suffix, affix
geo (G)earthgeography, geology
graph (G)to writegraphic, photography
jur, just (L)lawjury, justice
log, logue (G)word, thought,
monolog(ue), astrology, biology, neologism
luc (L)lightlucid, translucent
manu (L)handmanual, manuscript
meter, metr (G)measuremetric, thermometer
op, oper (L)workoperation, operator
path (G)feelingpathetic, sympathy, empathy
ped (G)childpediatrics, pedophile
phil (G)lovephilosophy, Anglophile
phys (G)body, naturephysical, physics
scrib, script (L)to writescribble, manuscript
tele (G)far offtelephone,television
ter, terr (L)earthterritory, extraterrestrial
vac (L)emptyvacant, vacuum, evacuate
verb (L)wordverbal, verbose
vid, vis (L)to seevideo, vision, television

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