CLAS224 Word Elements
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

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Course Materials / Etymology Project Materials /  Dictionary Unit / History of English Unit / Latin Element Unit / Loan Words and Phrases / Greek Element Unit / Nifty Websites 

You will also find some useful material on scientific words at the website for CLAS225 Scientific Terminology.

Course Materials
Summary of Goals and Requirements
 / Schedule of Readings and Assignments /
 Tom Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines / Mid-Course Evaluation /  Sample Grid Quiz / Sample Test on Latin Elements / Format of Latin Element Exam Sample Test on Greek Elements / Format of Second (Greek) Unit Exam

Etymology Project Materials
Etymology Project  /
Some Sample Etymology Projects / Dictionary Entry Analysis Exercise / Dictionary Comparison worksheet / Dictionary Surveys / Electronic Word Search Assignment

Dictionary Unit:

Etymology /
Etymology on  / Latin Guide Janet Burns on etymology / Oxford English Dictionary: A DescriptionA Sampling of Dictionaries / Some Recent Dictionary Acquisitions / Web of On-Line DictionariesUsing Electronic Dictionaries / Instructions for Using Electronic Dictionaries / World Dictionary Exercise / Electronic Dictionaries at / Important Terms in Ayers / Important Terms in Ayers with Definitions / Visual Thesaurus

History of English Unit:
Power of English Video / Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
/ Words of the 20th Century / The History of English in Ten Minutes - for iPod/iPhone by The Open University

Latin Element Unit:
Word Elements and Their Uses
/ Bases / Prefixes / Suffixes / Latin Loan Words in Ayers / Latin Loan Words in Ayers with Definitions / Latin Phrases in Ayers / Latin Phrases in Ayers with Definitions / Passion in Parentheses /What Is the Plural of 'Penis'?Rules for Definition / Onomatopoeia / Important Terms in Lederer's Word Circus / Important Terms in Lederer's Word Circus with Definitions  / Latin Prepositions / Latin Prefix Chart / Assimilation of Prefixes / Abbreviations / Acronymns / Acronymns on Internet Emoticons, Smileys and Abbreviations / Three Morphologically Identical Bases: PAR- / Animalia Romana / Independent Twins: Definition / Independent Twins: List / Adjective-Forming Latin Suffixes / Noun-Forming Latin Suffixes / Verb-Forming Latin Suffixes / Specialization and Generalization / Degeneration of Meaning / Degeneration and Ethnic Stereotypes / Sample Latin Unit Exam / Brand Names vs. Generic Names / Technospeak / Some Nursery Rhymes in Disguise / How College Professors Speak / Christmas Carols the Hard Way / Clipped Words / Totes presh:Why we love and loathe clipped words (Erin McKean) / Blends / Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" / Etymology Quiz 

Loan Words and Phrases:
Latin / Greek / French / German / Yiddish / Italian / Spanish
/ English Loan Words in Other Languages / Arabic Loan Words in Spanish / Internationally Used French Phrases /

Greek Element Unit:
List of Greek Words in Ayers / Greek Suffixes / ReduplicationEponymy / Eponymy ID / Surnames / English Personal Names from Greek / English Personal Names from Latin / Words from Literature / An Anthology of -ologies / Phobias / Sports Terms
/ Sample Greek Exam / Format of Second (Greek) Unit Exam / Solecism

Nifty Websites:
World Wide Words / My Word! / ROOTS OF ENGLISH /
Etymologic, The Toughest Word Game on the Web:

This  material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College.  If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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