Latin root #3: TANG, TACT, TIG
1. Tangible (adj) (-ible = able, having power): capable of being touched, touchable
The tangible effects of living at the beach include sand in your fingernails, your hair, your teeth (oh, yes), and just about everywhere. Of course, if you regularly do this for fun, what else would you expect?
As a side note, I think we could host a community game of Where’s Waldo? given my son’s hair color.
2. Tactile (adj) (-ile = relating to): relating to touch or sense of touch
My son is definitely a tactile learner, which makes for some interesting stories that I’m sure will come up on this blog from time to time. “Mom, what’s wrong with poking a hole in the meat packaging? I need to see how strong it is.” It also means that, when something like this washes up on shore, we’re instantly on parental high alert.
3. Contiguous (adj) (con- = with, together): touching together, sharing an edge
Thus far, our children still hope to buy properties contiguous to ours when they grow up. I wonder how many more years it will be before that desire will change, and, as another side note, is there a point where that becomes creepy if it doesn’t change?