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#149 Father Pat R

9/1/2017
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The Latin root patr means “father.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including paternity, pattern, and patron. The root patr is easily recalled via the word patriotic, as someone who is acting in a patriotic fashion is supporting the "father"land. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:33


#148 "Anim" Animates Words

6/1/2017
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The Latin root anim means “mind” or “spirit.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including unanimous, animated, and animosity. The root anim is easily recalled via the word animal, for an animal is a living, moving creature and so contains a “spirit” and “mind.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:40


#147 Mother Matr Does Matter

5/15/2017
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The Latin root matr means “mother.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including matriarch, material, and matter. The root matr is easily recalled via the word maternal, for a woman who acts in a maternal fashion is being “motherly.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:28


#146 May Dur Be Hard and Durable

5/1/2017
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The Latin root dur means “hard.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including endure, during, and duration. The root dur is easily recalled via the word endure, for if you can endure a trial, you are “hard” enough to withstand its challenges. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:16


#145 "Stat" Stands at the Ready!

4/14/2017
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The Latin root stat and its variant stit mean “stand.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including state, statue, constitution and superstition. The root stat is easily recalled via the word stationary or “standing” still, whereas stit can be recalled via institute, to make something like an organization “stand” by creating it. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:03:35


#144 Go Get "It"!

3/31/2017
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The Latin root it means “go.” This Latin root is the word origin of and so “goes” through a number of English vocabulary words, including transit, ambition, and initials. The root it is easily recalled via the word exit, which is the part of the building where you “go” out. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:55


#143 Burst Open Words with "Rupt"

3/16/2017
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The Latin root rupt means “burst.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including disrupt, rupture, and interrupt. The root rupt is easily recalled via the word bankrupt, for if you’ve gone bankrupt your bank account has “burst,” spilling out all its contents and leaving you with no money! Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:06


#142 Time Is "Temp"orary

2/28/2017
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The Latin root temp means “time.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including contemporary, temporary, and the Latin phrase tempus fugit. The root temp is easily recalled via the word tempo, as the tempo of a piece of music is the “timing” of it, that is, whether it goes at a fast or slow pace when played. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:40


#141 "Rule" the Root "Arch"

2/16/2017
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The Greek root arch means “rule.” This Greek root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including matriarch, patriarch, and oligarchy. The root arch is easily recalled via the word anarchy, which is a period of time in which there is no “rule” at all in a country. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:41


#140 Ag and Ig "Do" It All

2/1/2017
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The Latin root ag and its variant ig mean “do.” These roots are the word origins of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including agent, agile, litigate, and castigate. The roots ag and ig are easily recalled through the words agenda, or things to be “done,” and navigate, the “doing” or “driving” of a ship. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:03:02


#139 Actors Act or "Do" It!

1/15/2017
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The Latin root act means “do.” This Latin root is the word origin of a large number of English vocabulary words, including actor, action, and active. The root act is easily recalled via the word act, for an act is something having been “done.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:35


#138 What the "Fus" Is All About

1/1/2017
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The Latin root fus means “pour.” This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including fusion, fuse, and confuse. The root fus is easily recalled via the word refuse, for to refuse to do something asked of you is to “pour” the request right back to the person doing the requesting! Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:41


#136 Run the Curr Course

11/15/2016
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The Latin root word curr means “run.” This Latin root is the word origin of a number of English vocabulary words through which it “runs,” including currency, cursor, and curriculum. The root curr is easily recalled via an ocean current, which “runs” by itself since it is surrounded by waters that are relatively still. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:26


#134 The Intensive Prefix "Ob-"

10/15/2016
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The prefix ob-, besides meaning “against” or “towards,” can also act as an intensive prefix. An intensive prefix can effectively be translated as “thoroughly” to highlight its emphatic function. The intensive nature of the prefix ob- shows up in such words as obtuse and obdurate. An example to help remember this intensive prefix is the word obtain, for when you obtain something you “thoroughly” hold onto it. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:46


#133 Rogue Root "Rog" Fully Interrogated

10/1/2016
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The Latin root word rog means “ask.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including interrogate, arrogant, and prerogative. The root rog is easily recalled via the word interrogative, for an interrogative is a question word that “asks” a question, such as “who,” “what,” “how,” “why,” or “where.” Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:51


#132 "Ob-" No Longer Against or Un"toward"

9/15/2016
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Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The English prefix ob- usually means “against, in the way” or “towards.” An example of ob- when it means “towards” is the word obligation, or a tying of some duty “towards” you; in the case of ob- meaning “against” or “in the way,” the word obstacle" refers to that which stands “against” you, “in the way” of proceeding from point A to point B. Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:03:09


#131 A Writing Over and Upon Epi-

9/1/2016
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Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary that begin words. The English prefix epi-, which means “over” or “upon,” appears in a good number of English vocabulary words, such as epidermis and epitaph. You can remember that the prefix epi- means “upon” from the noun epidemic, which is a widespread disease that comes “upon” people; you can also recall that epi- means “over” via the word epidermis, which is the outer skin that lies “over” lower layers of skin. Like this? Build a...

Duration: 00:03:03


#130 Breathe Easy with "Spir"

5/16/2016
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The Latin root word spir means breathe. This root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including inspire, respiration, and expire. The root spir is easily recalled via the word perspiration, that is, sweat in the act of breathing through the pores of your skin.Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:26


#129 On a Roll with "Volv"

5/2/2016
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The Latin root word volv and its variants volut and volt mean roll or turn round. These roots are the word origins of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including revolve, involve, evolution, and revolt. The roots volv and volut are easily recalled through the words involve, or roll in, and revolution, or a rolling back against a current government or other system in power.Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:02:42


#128 "Posit" Positively Positioned!

4/15/2016
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The Latin root word posit means placed. This Latin root is the word origin of a good number of English vocabulary words, including opposite, composition, and posit itself. The Latin root word posit is easily recalled through the word position, for a position is the way in which you find yourself placed.Like this? Build a competent vocabulary with Membean.

Duration: 00:03:23

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