Help me learn a very selective slice of Greek and Latin words.
March 13, 2012 5:00 AM Subscribe
Is there a resource where I can learn about the Greek and Latin words that commonly underlie words and names in English? I don't want to learn Greek or Latin, I'm talking about only
the words which are commonly useful as 'clues'.
posted by Kirn to Writing & Language (14 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Some examples (these probably aren't all correct): mortis (death), chronos (time), cryo (ice), pyro (fire), pelagos (sea), didymos (twin), dysprositos (hard to get). These kind of words and more crop up when you Wikipedia the etymology of a name and I enjoy when I'm able to spot them first, so I'd like to expand my stock.
Any books, websites, anything you can point me to? Or does nothing like this exist?