Morphology & Rootsvocabulary lists

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

English Words that Come from Quechua

Quechua, which actually refers to several languages spoken throughout the Andes mountain range, has a total of between 8 and 10 million speakers. It is the most widely spoken indigenous language of...
Andes, condor, vicuna, jerky, llama, guano, puma, alpaca, quinine, more...
15 words

English words derived from Nahuatl

Nahuatl is an Uto-Aztecan language spoken by about 1.5 million people in central Mexico. Nahuatl was the language of the Aztec empire, and as long ago as that may be, traces of the language's...
axolotl, mesquite, coyote, chili, chipotle, cacao, guacamole, tamale, ocelot, more...
15 words
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