SAT Word Wizardry by Logophilus (aka Brett)
Peruse the power of word origins! Welcome to SAT Vocabulary Words of the Week, focusing on English vocabulary derived from Greek and Latin roots. Thank you for attending to this column this school year. I hope you have found it instructive! I will begin again in mid-August as the 2013-2014 school year gets under way. In the meantime, if you cannot wait, you can listen to many podcasts that describe the Greek and Latin root word origins of English vocabulary.
PSAT and SAT Word of the Day: unilateral: A unilateral decision is entirely one-sided, involving only one side of an issue or one country among many.
Word Etymology: A unilateral decision is completely “one-sided.”
SAT same sense: autonomous, polarization, nonpartisan
SAT opposite sense: bipartisan, coalition, unanimous
Friday Fun Word: iotacist: someone who is prone to an excessive use of the letter "i"; suovetaurilia: a Roman sacrifice to Jupiter of a white sow, white sheep, and white bull to kick off the five-year census in the Campus Martius in Rome
Check out this informative archive of blogposts and podcasts focusing on PSAT and SAT Latin and Greek roots to further your knowledge of SAT and PSAT vocabulary!
Here find a fascinating compendium of graphic Latin and Greek root word trees.
SAT English Vocabulary Links
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English vocabulary Greek and Latin roots and prefixes podcasts and blog links: Latin root word cis, -cide:cut; Latin root word fall: trick; Latin root words mit + miss: send; Latin root word form: shape; Latin root cogn: learn; Greek root word morph: shape, form; Greek root word chron: time; Greek root word graph: write; Latin root word ject: thrown; Latin root word fer: carry; Latin root word lat: carry; Latin root words duc and duct: lead; Latin root word fic: make,do; Latin root word fac: make, do; Latin root word plic: fold; Greek root word log: "word" and suffix -logy: "study of"; Latin root words dic and dict: "say, "tell"; Latin root word vert: "turn"; Latin root word vers: "turn"; Latin root word tract: "drag, pull"; Latin root word cept: "taken, take"; Latin root words cip, cap, ceiv: "take"; Latin root word ten: "hold"; Latin root words tin, tain, tent: "hold"; Latin root words ven, vent: "come"; Latin root word mal: "evil, bad"; English prefix re-: "back, again"; English prefix re-: "thoroughly; English root words sid and sed "sit"; Greek and Latin etymology podcast; English morphology podcast; Latin root word ced: "go, move"; Latin root word cess: "go, move"; English prefix pre-: "before, in front"; Latin root words grad and gress: "step"; Latin word roots clus, clud, and clos: "shut"; English prefix trans-: "across"; English prefix inter-: "between"; Latin root word magn: "big, large, great"; English prefix ex-: "out of, from"; English intensive prefix ex-: "very, thoroughly"; English intensive prefixes; Latin root word pend: "hang"; Latin root word ped: "foot"; English prefix sub-: "under, below"; English prefix super: "over, above"; English prefix circum: "around"; English prefix pro-: "forward, forth"; English prefixes contra-, counter-: "opposite, against; English prefix uni-: "one"
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