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#50 Our 50th Rootcast!


Quick Summary

Today we’re celebrating our 50th rootcast. Hooray! We’ll re-cap (or “take again”) some of the highlights of Word Root Of The Day rootcasts, and summarize what we’ve learned.

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Ingredient Memlet: philanthropy

phil love
anthrop human
-y activity

Philanthropy is the “activity of loving the human” race by being very generous to those in need.

Ingredient Memlet: malice

mal bad, evil
-ice act of

Malice is an “act of evil” against another.

Recapping the Year

This year we’ve covered Latin, Greek … and beyond with eponyms. You’ve seen infographics that get into assimilation rules and mnemonics. We’ve talked about prefixes (e.g.: pre-, re-, con-), stems (e.g.: ven, grad, sid), and variant forms (e.g.: fic, fect, fact). These episodes are all publicly archived and are worth studying a second or third time. We won’t remove anything here, so go ahead and bookmark them for future reference.

We kicked off the series with one of our favorite roots, phil: “love.” Philadelphia, for instance, is the city of brotherly love.

Like Philadelphia’s phil, many roots have a memorable—and often simple—word that you can use to remember the root.

  1. tract is to pull, like a tractor pulls a trailer
  2. mit is to send, like a radio transmits a signal
  3. fall is a trick, like in fallacy or false
  4. cis is to cut, like scissors “cutting” paper
  5. form means shape, just like the English form
  6. chron means “time,” just like chronometer, a keeper of “time” (just think of a watch!)
  7. graph is to write, as in paragraph
  8. ject is thrown, like a pilot who is ejected from his plane
  9. fer is carry, like a bus transfers people
  10. fact is make, like a factory which “makes” things
  11. bio is life, as in biography
  12. vert is to turn, as in inverted, or “turned” upside-down
  13. mal is bad or evil, as in malice
  14. cess is to go, as in kids “going” out to recess
  15. grad is to step, as in graduate to the next level
  16. -logy is to study, as in geology, biology, and psychology
  17. dict is to say: a dictionary says how to pronounce a word
  18. fin means end, as in final
  19. sens is to feel, as in the sensation of the warmth of fire
  20. port is to carry, like a porter who “carries” your luggage

Stayed tuned for the next 50, as we make our way toward the century mark, or 100th rootcast. Be sure to tell your friends and teachers about Membean!