etymology podcasts

#74 Double with Bi- and Di-!

The English prefixes bi-, derived from Latin, and its Greek variant di- both mean “two.” The Latin...

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#73 Nothing Phony About Phon!

The Greek root word phon means “sound.” This word root is the word origin of a number of English...

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#72 Anticipate Anti-!

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The origin of the prefix anti- and its variant...

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#71 Don't Hesitate over Her!

The Latin root word her and its variant hes both mean “stick.” These roots are the word origin of...

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#70 Micro-: Not a "Small" Prefix

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The origin of the prefix micro- is an ancient...

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#69 Omega, Oh My!

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The origin of the prefix mega- is an ancient...

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#68 Poly- Wants Many Crackers!

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The origin of the prefix poly- is from an ancient...

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#67 A Path Towards Feeling or Disease

The Greek root word path can mean either “feeling” or “disease.” This word root is the word...

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#66 Mono a Mono

The prefix mono- and its variant mon-, which both mean “one,” are important prefixes in the English...

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#65 One at a Time

The prefix uni- which means “one” is an important prefix in the English language. For instance, the...

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#64 No Opposition Against Contra

The prefix contra- and its variant counter- mean “opposite” or “against.” For instance, the...

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#63 Propel Vocab Forward with Pro

The prefix pro- primarily means “forward” but can also mean “for.” Some words that the...

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#62 Words from Literary History

Eponyms play a smaller role than Latin and Greek root words in forming English vocabulary, but nevertheless are...

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#61 Round and Round in Circles

The prefix circum- which means “around” and the Latin root word circ which mean “ring” both...

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#60 Superman Surpasses All Superheroes

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The prefix super- and its variant sur- mean...

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#59 Undertake the Sub Prefix Subway

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The prefix sub-, with its variants which all...

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#58 Pedal to the Podiatrist

The Latin root word ped and its Greek counterpart pod both mean “foot.” These roots are the word origin...

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#55 Intensive Prefixes "E-" and "Ex-"

The prefixes e- and ex-, besides meaning “out,” can also act as intensive prefixes. These prefixes can...

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#54 Don't "X" Out "Ex!"

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The prefix ex-, with its variants e- and ec-,...

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#53 "Magn" the Magnificent

The Latin root word magn means “great.” This root word is the origin of numerous English vocabulary...

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