Morphology & Rootsvocabulary lists

More English Words that Derive from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 more common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The fate of the people who spoke these languages varies greatly, from tribes lost to history that we...
ipecac, cashew, cayenne, pirana, cougar, Petunia, pecan, skunk, tuxedo, more...
15 words

Negatives with "in"

All the words below have the prefix "in-" meaning "not," as their first element. The problem is that even though many of the words have negative senses in Modern English, their positive counterparts...
insipid, incorrigible, indemnity, indolence, ineffable, inexorable, infest, infirm, ingrate, more...
16 words

Food and Drink Words with Arabic Roots

Most words come to us from the English language's Germanic roots, as well as a lot of Latin and Ancient Greek. There are, however, many English words that are actually derived from Arabic. Most of...
albacore, alcohol, apricot, artichoke, aubergine, carafe, caraway, coffee, couscous, more...
18 words

Words from Gaelic

English contains words that derive from many other languages. Here we present 15 words that passed through Gaelic. Some of these words are stereotypically Gaelic, like bog and clan, but others may be...
curmudgeon, bog, glen, wraith, whiskey, spree, bob, trouser, loop, more...
15 words

Some Obscure Eponyms

When something is named after a person or a place or a company, we call that name an eponym. If you know anyone who says "Get me a Kleenex" instead of "Get me a tissue," they are using an eponym every...
saxophone, bougainvillea, braille, bloomers, chauvinism, Cyrillic, diesel, dunce cap, fuschia, more...
20 words

Common Senses: Sonare

Sonare means "to sound" in Latin. To hear your synapses firing, read these lists aloud: phone, audire Here are links to more sensory stimulation: pathos, sentire, tangere, videre, specere, opsis
sonic, infrasonic, supersonic, sonorous, assonance, consonance, dissonance, resonance, sonata, more...
15 words

Latin Love, Vol III: seguire

Interestingly, the g in the Latin verb "seguire" morphs into related sounds, including c ("consecutive"), q ("sequence") and even u ("pursuit") More Latin Love, Volume III lists: capere, specere,...
ensue, pursuit, consecutive, executive, segue, sequence, consequence, prosecute, obsequious, more...
10 words

English Words with Old Norse Roots

Even if we don't know much Greek or Latin, we know that much of the English we speak is derived from those two languages. English has common words with roots in many different languages, though, and...
awkward, geyser, irk, kindle, muggy, ransack, steak, whirl, berserk, more...
10 words
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