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Latin Love, Vol II: cadere

May 29, 2013
Falling under this category of words that derive from the Latin root "cadere," meaning "to fall," are some surprises: "incident," "accident," and all of those "-cide" words having to do with killing.
More Latin Love, Volume II lists:
fluere, iacere, onym, and vertere!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
casualty
The word "casualty," refers to those who have fallen to their deaths, not literally, but as a result of an accident, disaster, or war (or all three).
Details of casualties from Tuesday's fighting were not immediately available, but both military and rebel sources said the shelling had caused further deaths.
Reuters (May 21, 2013)
deciduous
Deciduous trees are what makes the fall so beautiful in places that enjoy a true changing of the seasons. Deciduous trees are called so because their leaves fall, as opposed to evergreens.
Cuttings of deciduous trees and shrubs succeed best if planted early in autumn while the soil still retains the solar heat absorbed during summer.
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cataract
You may be puzzled by the example sentence, which seems not to comport with the definition of "cataract." Although a cataract is a waterfall, when a kind of anatomical waterfall clouds over the eye, we call that condition a cataract. Cataracts of the eye are extremely common in senior citizens. Fortunately, surgery for cataracts is said to be rather simple and successful.
"People can regain vision right away after cataract surgery," he said.
Reuters (Jun 22, 2012)
catalogue
A catalogue derives from the root "cata-" because items in a catalogue are presented as a list, a sort of "falling" structure. The root "-logue," ("dialogue," "monologue,) means "to say."
Why are there no estimated prices in the catalogues?
The Guardian (May 20, 2013)
category
You'll often hear the expression that items "fall" into a particular category. This expression is a throwback to the etymology of " category," as having to do with falling.
cascade
Although the word "cascade," literally refers to a series of small, related waterfalls, the word is often used metaphorically for any series of events where one thing rapidly falls upon another. If you've ever been in an airport in poor flying weather, you'll see delays and cancellations falling one after another on the posted list of flights.
Cascading delays held up flights at some of nation’s busiest airports, including New York, Baltimore and Washington.
Time (Apr 28, 2013)
cadence
If you think about rhythm, how it is a pattern of rising and falling tones, you'll get the connection between the word "cadence" and its meaning. Although the word is often applied to sounds of speech and music, as in the example sentence, "cadence" also refers to a marching rhythm.
Mr. Stone is a pastor’s son who grew up singing in church, and every so often he offered preacherly cadences.
New York Times (Nov 10, 2011)
coincide
With the prefix "co-" meaning "together," and "-cide" meaning "to fall," it is clear to see that the word "coincide" means "falling together." Events are "coincidental" when they "coincide," creating a "coincidence."
Othello opened at the Olivier Theatre on Tuesday - coinciding with Shakespeare's 23 April birthday.
BBC (Apr 24, 2013)
homicide
The word "homicide" has many brothers, including "fratricide" (the killing of one's brother), "patricide," (the killing of one's father), "matricide," (the killing of one's mother), "regicide," (the killing of one's king), and "suicide" (the killing of oneself). There's also "insecticide," "herbicide," and "pesticide."
A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner said the death had been ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.
New York Times (May 1, 2013)
decadent
With the prefix "de-" meaning, in this case, "down," and the root "cad-" meaning "to fall," it's clear to see how the word "decadent" connects overindulgence in sensory pleasures with a fall, either a physical fall (illness) or a fall from grace (sin).
Barking Frog pastry chef Matt Kelley will show you how to make some easy decadent desserts like chocolate passion fruit parfait at home.
Seattle Times (Feb 15, 2012)
catastrophe
The word "catastrophe" consists of two roots, one Latin ("cata-," meaning "to fall,") and one Greek ("strophe-," meaning "a twist"). When catastrophe strikes, things do indeed twist themselves into a downward spiral. "Disaster" and "calamity" are synonyms.
But imagine if two catastrophes strike at the same time.
Scientific American (Feb 6, 2013)
recidivism
With the prefix "re-" meaning "again," and the root "cid-" meaning "to fall," it's clear to see how the word "recidivism" refers to the "re-falling" into crime of a felon after having served time in prison.
The recidivism rate within three years for all former federal inmates is around 41 percent.
New York Times (May 1, 2013)
catapult
The word "catapult" is etymologically ironic because it refers to going forward with force rather than falling, as its root "cata-" would imply. Although a "catapult," used as a noun, is the word for an actual weapon, and although the verb "catapult,"
means hurled by some sort of slinging device, the word "catapult" is often used metaphorically, as it is in the example sentence, where it means "propelled forward at a stunning pace." We often refer to a person's career as catapulting, if successf
The Olympics are expected to catapult women’s boxing into the limelight.
New York Times (Feb 11, 2012)

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Thursday October 24th 2013, 2:13 AM
Comment by: Shadow Paws (Singapore)
This is a really interesting list, about word origins that is presented in a fun way. The creator actually takes time to explain the links between each root latin word, how it comes about together, or why that word is used even if it wasn't from the root (eg. Cataract) which I appreciate. It's a great list to start with if you like Latin or are interested in the etymology of English words. Check it out! :)
Saturday November 23rd 2013, 11:01 AM
Comment by: Tara (KY)
I think this is great is it from Wheelocks, or Cambridge.
Wednesday December 4th 2013, 8:45 AM
Comment by: lisa
so easy
Saturday December 21st 2013, 10:03 AM
Comment by: shahryar K. (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
That is so useful.is it possible,i have these words on my list?

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