HOSP/HOST comes from the Latin word hospes and its stem hospit- meaning both “host” and “guest.” Many words based on it came to English through French, which often dropped the -pi-, leaving host-. Hospitality is what a good host or hostess offers to a guest. A hospital was once a house for religious pilgrims and other travelers, or a home ...Read More »
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PAC/PEAS is related to the Latin words for “agree” and “peace.” The Pacific Ocean–that is the “Peaceful Ocean”–was named by Magellan because it seemed so calm after the storm near Cape Horn. pacify: (1) To sooth anger or agitation. (2) To subdue by armed action. (It took the police hours to pacify the angry demonstrators.) pacifist: A person opposed to ...Read More »
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Formal writing insists upon proper grammar and syntax; however, when quoting someone remember the rule: Thou shall not edit quotes According to Washington Post’s business chief copy editor, Bill Walsh, “a reader should be able to watch a TV interview and read the same interview in the newspaper and not notice the discrepancies in word choice.” My roommate showed me a ...Read More »
BELL comes from the Latin word meaning “war.” Bellona was the little-known Roman goddess of war; her husband, Mars, was the god of war. Antebellum – existing before a war, specially before the American Civil War (1861-65). (When World War I was over, the French nobility found it impossible to return to their extravagant antebellum way of life.) Bellicose – ...Read More »
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Apotheosis (noun) Exaltation to divine rank or stature; deification. Elevation to a preeminent or transcendent position; glorification: “Many observers have tried to attribute Warhol’s current apotheosis to the subversive power of artistic vision” (Michiko Kakutani). An exalted or glorified example: Their leader was the apotheosis of courage. Word History & Origin 1600s, from L.L. apotheosis “deification,” from Gk. apotheosis, from ...Read More »
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Fortitude for·ti·tude // (fôr’tĭ-tōōd’, -tyōōd’) n. Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage. [Middle English, from Latin fortitūdō, from fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.] for’ti·tu’di·nous (-tōōd’n-əs, -tyōōd’-) adj. Word Origin and History fortitude 1422, from M.Fr. fortitude, from L. fortitudo “strength,” from fortis “strong, brave”.Read More »