Circle

There a several Latin words for circle.  Orbis, circulus, and circlus.  Sometimes the Romans would even use the word, circus.  Usually, though, the word circus referred to a race course, or a celebration of games performed in a round arena.

Related to circulus, circlus, and circus is the Latin word circum.  Circum, sometimes a preposition, sometimes an adverb means, “around.”  Or, even, “in a circle.”

English has plundered much from these circular Latin words.  Circle, circus, search, circumference, circa, curcuit, circulation, circumnavigate, circumscribe, and more originate from these well rounded Latin words.  Oh, yes, I did.

Starting next week, these Latin words will inspire the word of the day.