Words for Quiz on 11 January 2012

1.  etymology (noun)

origin or history of a word

Greek: etumon - true sense + logy - word

2.  monologue (noun)

a speech given by one character (with other characters on stage)

Greek: mono - one + logos - word

3.  soliloquy (noun)

a speech given by one character (alone on stage)

Latin: solus - alone + loqui - speak

4.  omniscient (adjective)


Latin: omni - all + sciens - knowing

5. iambic pentameter (noun)

10 beats to a line; a way of writing which Shakespeare is famous for; there's much more to it than that!

iamb - 2 beats; pentameter - 5 measures (2x5=10)

Words for Quiz on 18 January 2012

6.  compelling (adjective - can be verb, too, as in: “I was compelling my son to clean his room by offering him a reward.”)

driving toward; interesting

Latin: compellere – to drive

7. intriguing (adjective - can be verb, too, as in: “He is intriguing us with his stories of world travel.”)

arousing the interest of

Latin: intricare – to entangle

8. unique (adjective)

unusual; one of a kind

Latin: uni - one

9. fascinating (adjective - can be verb, too, as in: “You are fascinating me with your endless creativity.”)

attracting; holding the attention of

Latin: fascinare – to enchant, to bewitch

10. gripping (adjective - can be a verb, too, as in: “Bob was gripping the steering wheel nervously during his driving test.”)

holding the attention of

Old English: gripa – handful, grasp

Words for Quiz on 25 January 2012

11. engaging (adjective)

charming, attractive

 Latin: en – in + gage - pledge

 12. captivating (adjective)

 fascinating with a special charm

 Latin: captivus - prisoner

 13. enchanting (adjective)

 casting under a spell; attracting and delighting completely

 Latin: in – against + cantare – to sing

 14. thought-provoking (adjective)

 causing someone to think

 (provoke) Latin: pro – forward + vocare – to call

15. amusing (adjective)

causing to laugh or smile

Latin: amuser – to stupefy (to amaze!)

Words for quiz 29 February:

16. compendium (noun)

a complete summary

Latin: com - with + pendere - to weigh

17. acropolis (noun)

high hill in Athens on which the Parthenon sits

Greek: acro - high +  polis - city

18. arachnid (noun)


from the Greek myth of Arachne, a country girl who had the nerve to challenge Athena to a weaving contest; her tapestry was beautiful, but it made fun of the gods, so Athena turned Arachne into a spider!

19. arachnophobia (noun)

EXTREME fear of spiders

Greek: the myth of Arachne + phobos - fear

20. serendipity (noun)

a happy accident

from the Persian tale, "The Three Princes of Serendip," who made such discoveries

21. hydrophobia (noun)

EXTREME fear of water

Greek: hydro - water + phobos - fear



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