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[17 Jun 2005|10:11am]

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Today's root is phon, which is a normal Greek root meaning "sound."

Symphony: Sym + phon + y (noun suffix) = Many sounds together.

Euphony: Eu + phon + y = A good sound (or many good sounds).

Cacophony: Caco + phon + y = A bad sound (or many bad sounds).
Also, the adjective cacophonous describes something that sounds very bad.

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Root for June 16th, 2005 [16 Jun 2005|09:22pm]
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I'm sorry I haven't been updating. I completely forgot about this community. x.x;;


Today's root of the day is necro. It is neither a prefix nor a suffix; it is a normal Greek root. Necro means "dead". Here are some examples of this root in context:

Necromancy: necro + mancy = divination with the dead

Necropolis: necro + polis = city of the dead

A necropolis is an old word for a cemetery.

And last but not least, the infamous...

Necrophiliac: necro + phil + iac = one who loves the dead

If you really want to know the modern definition for that word, look it up.


Root for March 25th, 2005 [25 Mar 2005|10:01am]
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Today is another Greek root: the suffix -latry.

-Latry means "worship".

There are three parts to this root:

-latry: worship
-later: worshiper (or worshipper)
-latrous: worshiping (or worshipping)

Some examples of this root include:

Heliolatry: helio + latry = worship of the sun

Idolater: picture, icon + later = worshipper of pictures or icons

Theolatrous: theo + latrous = woshipping a god

Any other derivatives?

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Root for March 24th, 2005 [24 Mar 2005|09:57pm]
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The root today comes from Greek: phil.

Phil predominantly means "love", but it also means "a strong tendency" in scientific cases.

Philanthropy: phil + anthrop + y = the state of loving mankind

Bibliophile: biblio + phil + e = one who loves books

Hemophiliac: hemo + phil + iac = one who has a strong tendency to bleed

Any other derivatives?

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