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Beyond Word Up….

I received this question:

I have a few of questions about Beyond Word Up:

Is it in the same format as Word Up?

How many lessons are there?

Since it’s not a live class, do you have to sign up for a year or just a couple months?

Here is my reply:

No. Unfortunately, it is not the same format as Word Up.  I wish it were.  Word Up was a lot of fun to create.  

The classes on my site are screen casts.  They’re not all that exciting.  Basically, the students simply see the word I am talking about on the screen in front of them.  Each class adds about 20 new words.  In this respect, the material is the same as Word Up, but the delivery is quite different.

There are 24 lessons.  This means that students would learn the history of and the etymology of about 500 words.

And, yes. I have set my site up in such a way that you can subscribe and cancel at anytime.


The Greek word, Λόγος (lógos) means: word.  

Sort of.

Logos is a bit complicated.  There is a lot to it.  It can mean any of the following:

1.  That which is said: word, sentence, speech, story, debate, utterance.

2.  That which is thought: reason, consideration, computation, reckoning.

3.  An account, explanation, or narrative.

4.  Subject matter.

From the Greek word λόγος, English gets a dump truck full of words.  Watch for these words in the days ahead.


Verbiculture: the production of words. 

Yep.  It’s really a word.

From Latin verbum (word) and the Latin verb colo, colere, colui, cultus: to live in, inhabit; till, cultivate, promote growth.

Verbiculture, which shows up in almost no dictionaries, was coined in 1873 by Coined by Fitzedward Hall, in “Modern English.  Mr. Hall was one of the early collaborators in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 

Ironically, verbiculture, meaning, the production of words, has not caught on.

Men ever had, and ever will have leave,

To coin new words well suited to the age,

Words are like leaves, some wither every year,

And every year a younger race succeeds.

-Horace, Roman poet (65 BC)

Words from porto.

I am up late grading student homework right now.   In one class, the vocabulary class, I told the students to use English words that came from the Latin word Porto.   Porto means “I carry”.  

This student went above and beyond:

1.  The porter did not comport himself well, and, therefore lost his job.

2.  The portly man was difficult to transport.

3.  Portfolios are designed to make papers more portable.

4.  The colporteur attempted to export his ideas to others.

5.  At a Greek museum, it was purported that the rapporteur paid more attention to the amphora in his peripheral vision than he did to the important speech that he was supposed to be reporting.

Intro to the Word Power class.

During this class, we will read through all of Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis.

90% of the multi-syllable words in English derive directly from Latin.  In other words, 90% of our “big” words are the children of Latin. 

Much of our scientific and medical terminology derives from Greek.

These days, not many people know Latin and Greek.  Most of us do not immediately spot the connection our vocabulary has with these ancient languages.  Some of us never spot the connections.  Yet, the connections are there.  Those who know Latin and Greek often feel like they have discovered a “back-door” into the English language.

In this class, I am going to guide you through that “back-door.”  You will discover more about English vocabulary than you likely care to know.  In the process, you will also exponentially increase your own personal vocabulary.  Think of words as tools.  An electrician with a tool box full of tools is able to do more than the electrician with one screwdriver.  It is the same with words.  It just so happens, the more you know, the more you will be able to do.

If you do not yet have it, the book is available from Amazon here.

If you prefer a digital copy, simply add it to a google books account here.

Students will read about 15 pages a week from Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis.  This may not seem like much, but, inside those 15 pages they will find plenty to challenge them. 

During class, we will discuss words, and quiz ourselves with the vocabulary we have learned.  I will also invite students into my “workshop.”  For years, I have posted a “word a day” on the Visual Latin facebook page.  I will include students in the process, showing them just how it’s done.

One warning.  The book, Word Power Made Easy, periodically deals with “adult” words.

However, this will be rare, and I will handle such concepts with as much taste and discretion as possible.  

As an example, I know that the word “gynaecologist” comes up in the book we will use, Word Power Made Easy.

The word comes from the Greek word for woman, γυνή (gune), and λογος (logos), meaning “word, or the study of something.”

I would explain this to the students this way.  Outside of the medical field, gynaecology is the study of women.  Inside the medical field, gynaecology is the study of female diseases and female reproductive organs.  

When terms like this arise, I will do everything I can to keep the conversation clinical and intellectual.  However, there is no way around it.  Some potentially shocking terms will come up in class.  

It is for this reason I recommend students are at least in high school. 

I believe this class will be loads of fun.  I really enjoy etymology and will do my best to pass this love onto my students.

Word Up and the S.A.T.

I received this question:

Would this and/or your Word up program be good for SAT prep?

If so, would the Word Up alone be adequate as my son is taking the SAT in the fall.

Here is my reply:

I do intend to head that direction with the online Vocabulary class.  I will be working on it extensively this summer.  

Word Up would definitely help with the SAT process, but it is not yet comprehensive.  I hope to add more to the series this summer.  Our goal is to develop a comprehensive SAT vocabulary prep course via Word Up.  At this point, we are still testing the market.  

With both Word Up and the online vocabulary class, the goal is to give students the tools to break down vocabulary so that they are able to tackle the vocabulary in most standardized exams.

Let me know if you need more help!