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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Key To 100,000 Words (Part 2)

For days the teacher trembled lest some parent come storming into the school asking what in the devil was being taught teenagers nowadays. It never happened. The teacher herself is now persuaded that there was probably no more powerful way to teach these prefixes than to combine them with the sanguinary root “-cide.” Months later, she reports, most of the students in the class had a pretty good idea of the meanings of such words as "‘matriarchy,” “patrimony,” “fraternal,” and “uxorial”-not easy words, you will admit, for eighth graders who have not yet studied Latin. Fortunately, the students had been given the keys to unlock their meanings. 

The Key to 100,000 Words (Part 1)

Prefixes, roots, and suffixes are the raw material of the English language. They are the stuff of which words are made. A knowledge of prefixes, roots, and suffixes allows any reasonably intelligent person to make a stab at defining a word like “antidisestablishmentarianism” in spite of its formidable appearance, or to define a word like “antimalarial” without a moment’s hesitation.