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Two words, same meaning

In our series, “Word Up: Live!” this morning, we looked at two English words.  Here they are:

Loquacious: talkative; garrulous; apt to blab and disclose secrets.

Loquacious comes from the Latin verb loquor, meaning “I speak”.

Here are a few example sentences:

“He lacked close friends as he was loquacious, brawling, and ever in the wrong.”

A student in class came up with the following:

“The loquacious man was unable to keep his friend’s secret.”


The next word, which means almost the same thing is multiloquent.

Multiloquent: Excessive talkativeness; loquaciousness; prolixity. 

Multiloquent comes from two Latin words.  Multus means, much or many.  The Latin verb loquor, means “I speak”.  Together they create the word multiloquent.

Here are a few example sentences:

“During the concert, the multiloquent singer bored us by talking excessively between each song.”

“Tripped up by his own multiloquence, the speaker stammered during his speech.”

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My girls and I were reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis when the word colloquialism popped up.  Here is the sentence:

“In my talks, I used all the contractions and colloquialisms I ordinarily use in conversation.”  – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. 

I asked my girls what the word colloquialism meant.

Here is my daughter’s guess:

Phrases and expressions used in normal conversation

She got it.  Here is Google’s definition:

a word or phrase that is not formal or literary, typically one used in ordinary or familiar conversation.

Colloquialism comes from the Latin prefix con, which became col before the letter l, and the Latin verb loquor, meaning, “I speak”.


Another terrifying thought from Word Up: Live!

Luposlipaphobia: fear of being chased around the table by timber wolves. From Latin lupus (wolf), English slip, and Greek φόβος (fear). (Thanks, Gary Larson).

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Word Up: Live (Day two)

As some of you know, I am running a ridiculous experiment.

Late this year, I lost the ability (okay, okay… the will) to rise early.  I wanted to pick the habit up once again but wasn’t quite certain how to motivate myself to do.

So, I decided to crowdsource my problem.

I announced an early morning etymology class. I figured if others were willing to get up early to hear what I had to say about the influence of Latin and Greek upon our language, I would be motivated to rise early once again.  After all, it would be embarrassing not to show up to my own class.

And so, the day before Christmas, 2017, I announced the class.  Christmas evening, I decided that I was an idiot.  I checked the registration, certain no one would have signed up.  I intended to cancel the class before ever started.  To my surprise, 20 people had already joined the class.  There was no turning back.

So far, so fun.  I’m glad you guys signed up.  I’m enjoying this.

Keep in mind, this is an experiment.  I am testing the class out for a few weeks.  I may terminate the class.  I may continue the class.  I have not yet decided.

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Word Up: Live!

Happy Christmas, everyone! I hope yours was great.

Here’s a day after gift for any word lovers….

In order to motivate myself to rise early once again (I have let the habit go), I am teaching a live etymology class each weekday at 5 A.M. (central time zone).  Yes.  That is 5 A.M.  In the morning.   You do not have to come.  🙂

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The live class is available to anyone (while I experiment). Recordings, unfortunately, are only available to those who have subscribed to my site: www.dwanethomas.com

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Not all English words come from Latin…

Many of my students often have the misconception that all languages, including English, come from Latin.

Nope.  Not true.  A lot of languages come from Latin, but English is not one of them.  English is a Germanic language.

We have borrowed a ton of vocabulary from Latin.  90% of our multi-syllable words come from Latin.  This alone tells you that you can drastically increase your understanding of the English language by mastering Latin.

This probably explains why so many of our forefathers learned Latin.  It probably also explains why the designers of the public school system wanted to get rid of Latin starting in the mid-1800s  It’s hard to enslave a literate society.

An illiterate society, on the other hand… Well.  Just look around.

Even though English draws so much of its vocabulary from the deep well we called Latin, it’s not the only well English dips into.

This morning, author Tim Ferris, tipped me off to some Japanese words that have made it into our language.

Check this out: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/17-english-words-that-come-from-japanese/sushi.

My personal favorite is Kudzu.

My father, who has passed away now, was missing a leg below the knee.  Diabetes took it.

However, when my kids asked what had happened, I pointed to a nearby kudzu patch.  “See that vine over there?  Have you ever heard of a Venus flytrap?  It turns out that kudzu and the Venus flytrap are in the same botanical family.  Just as the Venus flytrap is carnivorous, so is kudzu.  Grandpa tried to take a shortcut through the kudzu patch one day.  The kudzu gobbled his leg.”

Like myself, my dad was a practical joker with a twisted sense of humor.  He couldn’t stop laughing.

My kids, however, who were young at the time, are still suspicious of kudzu.  Heh.