Some years back, I took a medical terminology course that opened my eyeballs to a fact that I’m not sure many people know, or realize. Those of you that do, I apologize profusely.
Our English language (one of the most widely used languages in the world) originates mainly from Greek and Latin words. It consists of prefixes, root words and suffixes, to make one word with meaning.
Take the following words for example:
All these words have the Latin root word duc in common, which means to lead. We all know what they mean, but the neat thing is when broken down, we can see the formation of separate meanings.
Ab: means away
Intro: means within
Pro: means before or for
Re: means again or back
De: means away, down or removing
And then, we can’t forget our little suffix: tion, which means, the process of.
They all have the root word in common, but all have different meanings using a prefix. I think it’s absolutely stellar (Latin root word meaning star, and suffix meaning pertains to).
Constellation: Con: with or together stell: star and of course, let’s not forget tion: process of. The process of stars together. The Latins and Greeks made it sound so simple, but the process of putting parts of words together to make different words and meanings is so cool, I find. I may sound like a weirdo, but this is fun for me. It’s never-ending how many words can be made.
Now, I’m going to make up a word, hopefully no one has seen before using a prefix, root word and a suffix. Those of you who write fantasy, comics or gamers may appreciate this. My word is: Maximacrochelanolysis
Break down please:
Acro: pungent or sharp
Lysis: to dissolve
So now, I’ve created a great big dissolving pungent turtle! The possibilities are endless to create fantasy characters, and monsters. Give it a try. Let’s see what you can come up with!