English-Latin-Greek Cross References
There are thousands of English words that come from Latin and Greek
sources that are presented in these Words for a Modern Age pages. The English-Latin-Greek
Cross References are organized into thematic units that are based on the meanings
of a Greek or Latin element (prefix, root, or suffix) where one can see the groups
of related words instead of having individual terms separated in alphabetical
lists as with dictionaries.
Knowing the etymologies of words give you verbal versatility. They are the tools
with which you think, communicate, and learn. The more words you know, the better
you can think, communicate, and absorb knowledge; not just about English, but about
a variety of things that are important to you.
Words enhance your ability to survive in this modern world. The more limited your
vocabulary is, the harder survival is in the global work place and certainly you
want more than just to survive in this world of competing vocations or life work.
Building a large vocabulary doesn’t mean that you have to spend tedious hours
memorizing long lists of words and their meanings. It does require that you become
word conscious, that you have curiosity about words, not only about their meanings
but about their origins or etymologies. Etymology is a method of learning words
by associating them with their histories. When you learn the story that goes with
a word, it is almost impossible to forget the word’s definition (or definitions).
Etymology also teaches the origins of word parts (roots, prefixes, and suffixes)
so that long words that seem hard to understand can be easily learned or analyzed.
Words convey all the knowledge that has ever been discovered, all the exciting ideas
that were ever considered, and all the great thoughts that were ever expressed.
Acquire a full, rich vocabulary, and you will gain entrance into a wider, more exciting
world of knowledge and all kinds of information.