Dictionary of Latin and Greek Origins: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classical Origins of English Words
Many English words are based on Latin and Greek roots. These ancient root words are dependable and unchanging and serve as the key to understanding not only the vocabulary of English but many of the modern European languages as well. An understanding of the core meaning can provide a tool for unlocking the meaning of the thousands of Latin and Greek-based words. Eminently...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Barnes & Noble, Inc
(first published January 11th 1997)
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Although this isn't really a kids book, I'm using this to help my kids understand language better. A few puzzling omissions, but still more often useful than not. You take an English word (e.g., "civic"), look it up in the back to find the Latin/Greek root ("civis"), then turn to the entry for "civis" to learn what other words are related to it. Fun for all the family.