• Etymology
  • Latin #8

    Root: SAG    Meaning: wise, shrewd, perceptive Words: Sage (adj): wise, shrewd or perceptive AND (n): a person who is wise, shrewd or perceptive I, Christine of An Island Mom notoriety, have offered so much sage advice to people who may or may not want it, that many people consider me to be a sage. Honestly, […]

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  • Greek #4

    Greek #4 Root: PHON Meaning: sound Words: euphonic (adj) (eu- = good, well): good sounding While many people might point to a particular piece of music that they find to be especially euphonic, a sentence something like, “Here, have this large piece of good-quality, dark chocolate that’s shockingly low in calories!” might be the most […]

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  • Greek #3

    Root: MISO Meaning: hate Words: misanthrope (n) (anthrop = humans): a person who hates people You know what a really fun reality show idea would be? Take a misanthrope and place him/her in the middle of one of the most populous cities in the world. Then, give him/her a studio apartment to share with five […]

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  • Greek #2

    Root: PHIL, PHILE Meaning: love, very strong interest in Words: 1. philanthropist (n) (anthrop = mankind, humans) (-ist = designates a person): a person who loves humanity, a person who acts benevolently toward mankind My son is a philanthropist of sorts, often eager to “share” his half-eaten, unwanted food and his broken toys with just […]

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  • Greek #1

    Island Mom is going Greek! I’m a wild and crazy gal that way. Thus far, I’ve focused on Latin roots. Now, I’m going to start mixing it up with a little Greek. I may even get all hog wild and start throwing in prefixes and suffixes eventually, who knows? But for now, I’m gonna stick […]

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  • Latin #6

    Latin root #6: NOMEN, NOMIN Meaning: name Words: 1. nom de plume (n) (plume = feather, as in feather pen): the pen name of a writer I, Christine, have given myself the nom de plume of An Island Mom. I like to imagine trumpets sounding when this is said aloud. This makes me feel like […]