Meaning: land, earth
- Terra cotta (n) (cocta = cooked or baked): cooked earth, a ceramic made of clay
I’ve been sitting here staring at my computer for a full 12 minutes trying to think of something funny, interesting, profound, or even just plain stupid to say about terra cotta, and I just can’t do it. Frankly, I’m rarely this ambivalent or uninspired about anything.
2. Extraterrestrial (adj or n) (extra- = outside of): outside of the earth
My middle child has told me twice now that he definitely does not believe that extraterrestrial creatures are real. Both times, he’s followed that announcement with this question: “Do you think most of them are green?”
3. Mediterranean Sea (n) (medi = middle): the sea in the middle of land, a specific sea bordering parts of Europe, Asia and Africa
The parts of the Mediterranean Sea that I have seen are absolutely breathtaking. However, the swimwear, or the lack thereof by many of the occupants of the shoreline is a little distracting, at least for this small-town Carolina girl.
4. Subterranean (adj) (sub- = below, under): under the earth’s surface
My kids dream of building a subterranean city underneath the sand on the beach. This is not surprising, as they are the offspring of a woman who once not only talked about but actually tried to dig a hole to China in her mother’s strawberry patch. I actually thought it was all about tenacity and digging on a curve so as to avoid being burned by the earth’s core. See, this is why I never taught science.