A Supplementary Guide to Professor Simpson's College English Class (COMM1007)
Etymology Online ─ the best etymology resource available on the net.
Word Roots and Prefixes ─ Robert Harris' list of common roots
"It is often forgotten that (dictionaries) are artificial
repositories, put together well after the languages they
define. The roots of language are irrational and of a
Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to "El otro, el mismo."
There are two ways to improve your vocabulary. One is by memorizing words. As is often said, if you only memorize one new word a day, you will have learned 365 new words by the end of the year. If you learn five words a day, you will have learned 1,825.
Etymology tells us the original meanings of our root words.
For instance, the word "etymology" comes from the Greek word, etymon, which means "true sense." The ending, ology, comes from logos which means "word" and is used in the sense of "to study." "Etymology" therefore means "the study of the true sense."
"Entomology," on the other hand, comes from the Greek word, entomon, which means "insect." Hence, "entomology" is the study of insects.
These, it should be noted, are two entirely different things.
First, go to the Online Etymology Dictionary.
For each root you learn, you are learning several words. In the beginning this won't amount to much, but over the course of a couple of weeks, each new root gives you roughly five to ten new words
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