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  • Word Matrix: Pumpkin

    <pumpkin> alteration of earlier pumpion, from obsolete French pompon, via Latin from Greek pepōn “large melon” Words Sums Pumpkin Pumpkin +...

    InformationHeather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 19, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Vace

    <vace> “empty” from Latin vacāre ” “to lack, empty” Words Sums Vace + ant = vacant Vace + ant + ly...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 18, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Swim

    <swim> “move in water” Old English swimman (verb), of Germanic origin Word Sums Swim Swim + s = swims Swim +...

    InformationHeather and Poppy JohnsonFebruary 8, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Thrall

    <thrall> Old English thrǣl “slave,” from Old Norse thræll Word Sums Thrall Thrall + s = thralls Thrall + ed =...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 5, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Beer

    <beer> “an alcoholic drink made from yeast-fermented malt flavored with hops” from Old English bēor, of West Germanic origin, based on...

    InformationHeather JohnsonFebruary 2, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Mare

    <mare> “found in or pertaining to the sea,” from Old French marin “of the sea, maritime,” and directly from Latin marinus...

    InformationHeather and Poppy JohnsonJanuary 28, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Hume

    <hume> from Old French humide, umide “damp, wet” or directly from Latin humidus “moist, wet,” variant (probably by influence of humus...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 27, 2019
  • Word Matrix: Humid

    <humid> from French humide or Latin humidus, from humere “be moist” Word Sums Humid Humid + er = humider Humid +...

    InformationHeather JohnsonJanuary 26, 2019
  • Christmastime Is Here: The Etymology of Christmas

    Christmastime is here. Or is Christmas time here? From where and when does the word Christmas come? And is Xmas a...

    InformationHeather JohnsonDecember 13, 2018
  • The History of All Hallows’ Eve: The Etymology of ‘Halloween’

    Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Eve — English speakers use many names for the holiday that occurs each year on October 31....

    InformationHeather JohnsonOctober 28, 2018
  • Subfields of Linguistics Defined: Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Historical Linguistics, Etymology, Comparative Linguistics

    Linguistics is the study of language and encompasses a large number of more specific disciplines of language study. Therefore, linguistics is...

    InformationHeather JohnsonApril 28, 2013