Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Today in Latin

It's interesting to me how many of the longer words in English derive from Latin words- most of them that come to mind are three syllables or more, while German seems to give us the shorter words. Here are some interesting examples from the Latin end of the pool:

Manus, -us: (feminine). Hand

English Derivative: Manually (by hand)

Bellum,-i: (neuter) War, warfare.
You've, no doubt, heard of a "casus belli".

English Derivative: Belligerent, bellicose.

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