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by vaibhavd85
Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: abbreviate, brevity and brief...
Replies: 5
Views: 17976

abbreviate, brevity and brief...

Abbreviate (V): shorten (a word, phrase, or text). This word can be split up as "ad" (as in ad infinitum (without limit)) which means "to" + "breviare" which is verb root, in turn it comes from the Latin root "brevis", which means "short". So abbreviate literally means "to shorten". Abbreviation (N)...
by vaibhavd85
Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Endorse and dorsal...
Replies: 1
Views: 12842

Endorse and dorsal...

Endorse (V): 1) sign, superscribe, autograph. 2) approve, support. This word can be split up as "in" which here means "on" + "dorsum" which means "back", the word gets its meaning from the practice of adding comments on the back of a document in order to extend or limit its provisions. You might be ...
by vaibhavd85
Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:11 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Stellar, Constellation
Replies: 1
Views: 13097

Stellar, Constellation

The other day I was watching the movie 'Italian job' in which "Charlize Theron" stars as "Stella Bridger". She is really good at picking locks. Her name fascinated me as it was sounded similar to some of the words that I knew. I will discuss these words in this post. Stellar (Adj): having to do with...
by vaibhavd85
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:46 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Euphemism and blasphemy
Replies: 13
Views: 34928

Euphemism and blasphemy

Euphemism (N): A figure of speech in which an offensive, harsh or blunt word or expression is avoided and one that is milder but precise or accurate is used instead. This word can be broken as "eu" which means, "good, well" + "pheme", "speaking", some more cognates of the root "eu" are eulogy (eu go...
by vaibhavd85
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Rustic and rusticate
Replies: 3
Views: 15119

Rustic and rusticate

Rustic (adj): 1) having to do with the life in country. 2) simple and charming in a way seen typical of the countryside. Contextual example: Each day the rustic scenes (rural) from his village made him feel nostalgic, finally Mohan decided that he would leave US and go back to Charanpur. Guess which...
by vaibhavd85
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Germania
Replies: 5
Views: 17829

Germania

Carousal (N): A bout of carousing, a drunken revel. This word can be split as "gar" which means "all" + "aus" which has a lots of meanings in German language but in this context it means "out", the word comes from the German term, gar aus trinken, which means to drink heavily. So carousal has to do ...
by vaibhavd85
Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:12 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Loquacious anyone? words from the root loqui
Replies: 5
Views: 18425

Loquacious anyone? words from the root loqui

Loquacious (adj): talkative, garrulous. This word comes from the Latin root “loqui” which means “to talk”. Contextual example: Listening to her loquacious boyfriend’s drab talk made her sleepy. Circumlocution (N): the use of many words where fewer would do. This word can be broken as “cirum” (as in ...
by vaibhavd85
Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:17 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Words coming from the root acro...
Replies: 6
Views: 29194

Words coming from the root acro...

Acrophobia (N): an abnormal fear of high places. This word comes form the Latin root “akron” which literally means “extreme”, but the root also has the following meanings “top, summit, tip, beginning”. In this word the root is used to signify a phobia of high places. The root “phobia” (as in claustr...
by vaibhavd85
Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:47 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Something to ponder over
Replies: 2
Views: 8913

Something to ponder over

imponderable (adj): difficult or impossible to assess, without appreciable weight. The word comes from Latin root “ponderare” which means “to weigh”, this word can be split as “im” which means “not” (as in impossible) + “ponderable” which means “able to weighed”. Contextual example: The engineer rem...
by vaibhavd85
Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:22 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: vitrum = glass, words related to this root :)
Replies: 9
Views: 19375

Very elucidating, V!
Your posts are a glass act. :roll: Keep it up.
thanks, will do :) ...can u tell me some online courses, or formal courses to delve deeper in etymology ?

Regards,
V
by vaibhavd85
Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:26 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: vitrum = glass, words related to this root :)
Replies: 9
Views: 19375

vitrum = glass, words related to this root :)

Vitreous (adj): resembling or containing glass. This word comes from the Latin root “vitreus” which means “glassy, transparent”. This root in turn is derived from Latin root “vitrum” which means “glass”. A term which is cognate to this root is “in vitro” which means “in glass”; you may have seen thi...
by vaibhavd85
Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:57 am
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Am I correct ? :)
Replies: 4
Views: 12171

Am I correct ? :)

Rectify (V): set right; correct This word comes from the Latin root “rectus”, which means “right”, so to rectify something is to set it right. On further analysis of this root I came to know that this root actually comes from the verb root “regere”, which means “to lead straight”, “to direct”. Conte...
by vaibhavd85
Sun May 27, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Vagrant thoughts...
Replies: 1
Views: 8051

Vagrant thoughts...

Vagary (N): whim, caprice This word comes form the “Latin” root “vagary” which means “to wander, or to roam”, this root can be further hacked up as “vagus” which means wandering. Guys and gals do you remember the model by name “Caprice Bourret”, create a mnemonic relating her vagaries with the word ...
by vaibhavd85
Sun May 27, 2007 3:11 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Lucifer and Lucid are cognates
Replies: 12
Views: 27959

VH, are you talking about courses at a physical school or something online? Gailr, I've only heard one person who actually used the word "Lucifer" for a match--an old guy who's been gone for nearly 40 years now. Read it a bunch of times... Currently I would prefer some online courses, etymology bei...
by vaibhavd85
Sat May 19, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Lucifer and Lucid are cognates
Replies: 12
Views: 27959

Lucifer and Lucid are cognates

Lucid (adj): 1) easily understood, clear, intelligible. 2) Showing an ability to think clearly. This word comes from the Latin root “Lucidus” which means “bright”. Contextual example: Because of the professors lucid explanation the abstruse theory of quantum physics started to seem a tad more manage...

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