Wordy Weekly 10

i) HABIT: ‘a custom, practice to which one adheres’ or ‘the customary garb of a member of a religious order’ – two apparently very...

Wordy Weekly IX

Back to one Latin, one Greek again this week. i) GRADE: The English word ‘grade’ has a variety of related meanings. It can mean ‘rank’ in...

Wordy Weekly VIII

F Latin only this week short article on ‘Why no Greek?’ i) FULMINATE: ‘to rage, berate, bluster, denounce’ – this rather nice, and too...

Feeling Flat? No, indeed!

The development of our (i.e., we as humans) understanding and knowledge of the world around us has not been a straight line. In fact,...

Wordy Weekly VII

Wordy Weekly VII ‘Eeeeeeeeeeee’, we have reached ‘E’. i) EVOLVE/EVOLUTION: ‘TO EVOLVE’ is ‘to develop in a way that an organism or plan...

Wordy Weekly VI

Word Up, everyone! i) DATA: we start with Latin again. I was recently asked by a friend and former colleague whether one should say ‘the...

Wordy Weekly V

Latin first! i) Calculate – the name of the useful little device that assists students of Mathematics finds its origins in the Latin verb...

Not so modern?

Introduction This section will explore how the ancients made significant advances in their knowledge of the natural world, astronomy, the...

Wordy Weekly IV

One Latin, one Greek again this week. We start with buckle. i) BUCKLE – this word’s linguistic journey from Latin is an interesting...

Find out More!

What is Classics? History It is probably the Greeks and Romans that first comes to mind when one hears the term Ancient History. They are...

Wordy Weekly III

Two for the price of 1 today! i) Anhydrous - containing no water. The term comes from Greek, as do a lot of our science terms in English....

Wordy Weekly II

(Picture taken in the gorgeous National Archaeological Museum in Athens - do go! Visit the beautiful website at:...

Wordy Weekly 1

Salvete, omnes! Here is the first entry in the Wordy Weekly section of the blog. Today, we begin with a hybrid word, which is half Latin,...