Word of the Day
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The Marx Brothers Pee Wee's Play House
Knowing the right word can get you where you want to go. "Whenever anybody says the secret word, scream real loud!"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Yearly Stats

School Year 2016-2017
189 (of 297) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 64%
School Year 2015-2016
189 (of 296) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 64%
School Year 2014-2015
183 (of 300) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 61%
School Year 2013-2014
194 (of 299) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 64.9%
School Year 2012-2013
235 (of 299) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 78.6%
School Year 2011-2012
293 (of 297) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 98.65%
School Year 2010-2011
202 (of 297) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 68.01%
School Year 2009-2010
Workman: 207 (of 297) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 69.70%
Google: 222 (of 287) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 73.75%
GRE: 222 (of 287) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 73.75%
School Year 2008-2009
222 (of 301) WoDs of Latin/Greek origin 73.75%
School Year 2007-2008
200 (of 293) WODs of Latin/Greek origin 68.26%
School Year 2006-2007
195 (of 288)  WODs of Latin/Greek origin 67.71%
School Year 2005-2006
186 (of 288) WODs of Latin/Greek origin 64.58%

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What's All This Then?

English is not one of the Romance languages. That is, it's not derived from Latin. Quick review: what are the five Romance languages? Highlight between the parentheses for the answer (French, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish).

Nope. No English there. Latin and English are cousins, not immediate family members. And yet, estimates are that 60-80% of the words in the English language are derived from Latin. That's a strong connection.

How many words is that? A website called the Global Language Monitor keeps an English language clock. It recently (somewhat controversially) celebrated the addition of the millionth word to the English language.

Bill Bryson, author of The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, writes: "Webster's Third New International Dictionary lists 450,000 words, and the revised Oxford English Dictionary has 615,000, but that is only part of the total. Technical and scientific terms would add millions more."

So how many words come from Latin/Greek roots? This page is my attempt top document the answer to that question.

Using Workman Publishing's Page-A-Day calendar, I'll record all the WoDs of Latin or Greek origin. Also to be found here are last year's words, statistics from the last five years, and various Word-of-the-Day widgets.

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School Year 2017-2018

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November 11 armistice November 18 consummate Novembe 19 vestige
November 4 sully November 7 officinal November 9 invective
October 30 epitaph November 1 taphephobia November 2 fungible
October 21 colloquial October 22 farrago October 23 pejorative
October 17 supersede October 18 milieu October 19 copious
October 13 crescent October 14 contraband October 14 effusive
October 5 sophistry October 7 paucity October 8 dexterous
October 2 implacable October 3 mise-en-scene October 4 cursory
September  25 teetotaler Septmber 29 cavalier September 30 plenitude
September 22 equinox September 23 dossier Septmber 24 resplendent
September 14 blandish September 18 parochial September 19 augur
September 11 verbose September 12 savant September 13 arcadia
September 8 tutelage September 9 jocose September 10 archipelago
September 4 nuance September 5 dilapidate September 6 rubric
August 30 purview September 1 exorbitant Septmber 2 commensurate
August 25 torpor August 26 nonchalant August 29 succinct

First Day:  August 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Year 2016-2017

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June 17 sacrosanct June 18 ninny June 19 aliment
June 8 gist June 10 sederunt June 13 jejune
June 4 docile June 5 aegis June 7 ragout
May 31 ineluctable June 1  liaison June 3 tribulation
May 25 sporadic May 27 incipient May 29 complaisant
May 20 ephemeral May 22 cerulean May 24 tantalize
May 15 pica May 18 anachronism May 19 chastise
May 11 cachet May 13 aficionado May 14 festoon
May 8 conclave May 9 respite May 10 sophomoric
May 5 quintessence May 6 auxiliary May 7 frisson
April 28 arboreal April 30 bathetic May 3 paraphernalia
April 20 impetus April 22 cloche April 26 ideate
April 15 belvedere April 16 confection April 17 convalesce
April 11 xanthic April 12 intercalate April 14 pecuniary
April 5 teleological April 6 caveat April 8 placid
March 30 progeny April 2 gamification April 3 operose
March 24 prestidigitation March 26 antecessor March 28 cataract
March 18 empirical March 19 desolate March 22 exact
March 13 apex March 15 adulate March 17 obsequious
March 7 truncate March 8 pachyderm March 12 incorrigible
March 2 phalanx March 4 minutia March 5 caustic
February 26 stiction February 27 marginalia March 1 vicissitude
February 20 stringent February 22 ad hominem February 23 leviathan
February 17 politesse February 18 ostentatious February 19 exclave
February 11 vociferous February 12 axiomatic February 15 urbane
February 7 symposium February 8 gregarious February 9 decrement
February 3 euphemism February 4 parse February 6 acumen
January 29 emollient January 30 ultima February 1 zephyr
January 24 evanescent January 26 venerate January 28 clamant
January 20 transpire January 21 memento January 23 alacrity
January 17 pugilism January 18 debacle January 19 lapidary
January 10 tincture January 11 nefarious January 15 perdure
January 3 rescind January 6 magnum opus January 7 palatable
December 27 nychthemeron December 28 gravitate December 30 vitiate
December 24 convivial December 25 constellate December 26 lachrymose
December 20 caducity December 22 de minimis December 23 indagate
December 17 epigone December 18 egregious December 19 putative
December 12 frigorific December 13 desuetude December 14 propagate
December 7 nepenthe December 10 velar December 11 longanimity
December 4 paladin December 5 bombinate December 6 reify
November 26 festinate November 29 scapegrace November 30 corvee
November 19 acedia November 20 daedal November 24 propinquity
November 15 decimate November 16 plangent November 18 captious
November 12 infra dig November 13 embonpoint November 14 anabasis
November 8 remora November 9 anathematize November 10 pachydermatous
November 4 fomite November 5 bolide November 7 compunctious
November 1 eleemosynary November 2 Augean stable November 3 pococurante
October 29 fatidic October 30 phosphene October 31 arcanum
October 24 Demogorgon October 25 ignominious October 26 prognosticate
October 21 crepitate October 22 dithyramb October 23 rugose
October 18 ferrule October 19 edentulous October 20 precipitate
October 13 proliferate October 15 dulcet October 17 adumbrate
October 6 palliate October 7 errant October 9 quantal
October 3 commove October 4 beatific October 5 antonomasia
September 29 laconic September 30 commodious October 1 infrangible
September 25 Parthian September 26 argot September 27 divest
September 21 deracinate September 22 chiropteran Septmber 23 autochthonous
September 18 hereditament September 19 palmary September 20 turophile
September 15 nomenclator September 16 decoct September 17 querulous
September 12 splenetic September 13 collimate September 14 impecunious
September 6 passim September 10 exoteric September 11 probity
September 2 depone September 4 abrogate Septmber 5 foison
August 29 Sisyphean August 30 burgle September 1 sciolism