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Unformatted text preview: years ago, so we’re practically babies in the language game! People who study the history and origin of words and languages are called etymologists. But you don’t need to be an etymologist to beneﬁt from knowing how words are formed and re-formed with word roots. As a student, your vocabulary skills will be enhanced (look up enhanced if you don’t already know what it means) by learning some common root words. Once you do, you’ll be able to use them to help you ﬁgure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. 50 tools for building word power The two most common sources for English words are Latin and Greek roots. You probably learned about these civilizations in school, so you know that Latin was the language spoken in ancient Rome more than 2,000 years ago. Latin spread throughout Europe and eventually developed, by about the seventeenth century, into modern languages spoken today, like English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. A SA M P L E L AT I N R O OT A N D I T S U S E I N C O M M O N E N G L I S H WO R D S
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