Latin Love, Vol II: fluere 10 words

Some familiar words flow from this root meaning "to flow," such as "influence," which may be looked at as a flow of power from one person to the other. Another word for "liquid," as you may know, is "fluid."

More Latin Love, Volume II lists:
cadere, iacere, onym, and vertere!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. fluent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    When you learn another language, the goal is to become fluent: to have the words flow naturally, without your having to translate them into your first language. The noun form of "fluent" is "fluency."
    Ms. Qiu is fluent in Chinese, including the written language.
    New York Times (Jun 26, 2013)
  2. affluent
    having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
    To be "affluent" is to have enough money that it just flows in and out of your accounts The idea that money flows is also seen in the word "currency." Doesn't that word bring to mind a current of flowing water?
    Foreign travel is becoming ever more popular among China's increasingly affluent citizens.
    BBC (May 17, 2013)
  3. flux
    move or progress freely as if in a stream
    When something is in flux, it is in a state of change. In the example sentence, the human body is described as being in a constantly changing state of rebuilding and repairing itself.
    But human bodies are in a flux of rebuilding and repairing.
    Scientific American (Dec 5, 2012)
  4. fluctuate
    be unstable
    When we say that something fluctuates, we mean that it changes easily and constantly. We often hear this term in a business context, with the stock market fluctuating every day.
    And fluctuating sea levels will alter global climate patterns.
    Slate (Feb 7, 2013)
  5. influenza
    an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
    The word "influenza" is commonly known as "the flu." You know that the flu is contagious, with germs flowing easily from one person to another.
    The latest threat emerged in China, where a previously unknown influenza virus infected dozens and killed at least 17 people recently.
    New York Times (Apr 30, 2013)
  6. confluence
    a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
    Mr. Gates went further, taking a confluence of lucky circumstances and creating a huge return on his luck.
    New York Times (Oct 29, 2011)
  7. mellifluous
    pleasing to the ear
    The root "melli-" means "honey." So, a mellifluous voice is a voice that flows richly and sweetly, like honey.
    Both girls had mellifluous voices and piano training.
    New York Times (Aug 22, 2012)
  8. superfluous
    more than is needed, desired, or required
    The word "superfluous" is similar to "overflow" in that the prefix "super-" means "over and above," or "more than is necessary." When something is superfluous, it is not needed, like an overflow.
    She brings out dancers, but really they're superfluous – nobody is looking at them.
    The Guardian (Apr 15, 2013)
  9. effluvium
    a foul-smelling outflow or vapor (especially a gaseous waste)
    Although you can find sentences using "effluvium" to refer to the flow of pleasing vapors, it is usually used in a negative context, referring to the offensive odors of rotting organic materials, such as sewage and garbage. Yucch!
    However, acting on my best judgment, I struck a downward course, and then suddenly a horrible effluvium was wafted to my nostrils.
    Mitford, Bertram
  10. influential
    having or exercising influence or power
    The word "influential," the adjectival form of "influence," refers to people with the power to get things to flow their way.
    Workers are often corrupt, and influential families rarely pay bills.
    New York Times (Jul 1, 2013)