• Etymology
  • Greek #9

    Root: PATH, PATHOS Meaning: feeling, suffering, disease Words: apathy (n) (a- = not, without): without feelings, not caring about something There once was an apathetic nihilist. He never did anything of any interest to anyone really, since in his mind, nothing ever mattered anyway. Frankly, he was rather bored with himself, but he didn’t see […]

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  • Greek #8

    Root: ANTHROP Meaning: mankind, people Words: anthropology (n) (log = study of): the study of people I’ve always thought linguistic anthropology would be an interesting subject to study in school, but given that I’m married to loquaciousness personified, I have regular opportunities to conduct field research on how language impacts society and social life. For […]

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  • Greek #5

    Root: DERM Meaning: skin Words: 1. pachyderm (n) (pachy- = thick): thick-skinned, refers to thick-skinned mammals like elephants, hippos, etc. Last night, my younger son and I read a book about elephants, perhaps the most popular of the pachyderms. In it, the author describes how elephants throw dirt on their skin to protect themselves from […]

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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 […]