Latin Love, Vol III: seguire

July 3, 2013
Interestingly, the g in the Latin verb "seguire" morphs into related sounds, including c ("consecutive"), q ("sequence") and even u ("pursuit")
More Latin Love, Volume III lists:
capere, specere, pendere, and littera!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
When the word "result" is used as a verb, it means the same as "ensue." We could say: "The twins were mistaken for each other at the wedding, and hilarious confusion ensued (resulted)."
Many letters of complaint ensued from flight attendants.
The word "pursuit," which is the noun form of the verb "to pursue," is often used synonymously with "goal," as in the example sentence.
But in that pursuit, they risk alienating their true fans.
"Consecutive" means "in a row," or, "one following the other in order."
The Sounders have scored 11 goals in three consecutive home victories.
Considering that this word grows from the root meaning "to follow," it is ironic that an executive is the boss, the one who gives the order that others are expected to follow. a CEO is the big boss, the Chief Executive Officer.
But scandals involving animals, children, and race are career killers,” says David Johnson, chief executive officer of Atlanta-area public-relations firm Strategic Vision.
The word "segue" (pronounced SEG-WAY) went from being a noun often used in talking about music (meaning a connection between parts of a musical piece) to being a verb (meaning "connect"), as in the example sentence.
What made it segue from walking to sitting to barking?
In the example sentence the word "sequence" is used synonymously with "order." A sequence is a series of items that follow each other in order.
Two days later she had the DNA sequences of each monarch.
With the prefix "con-" meaning "with," ("contact," "conflict," "conform") and the root "sequ-" meaning "to follow," you can see how this word is put together. Although the word "consequence" really just means "result," it usually bears a negative connotation: When someone tells you that there will be consequences for your actions, expect a punishment, not a reward.
We are living with the consequences of two powerful, interrelated trends.
With the prefix "pro-" meaning "forward," ("promote," "probation," "produce") and the root "secu-" meaning "to follow," we can see how this word is put together. When the authorities decide to prosecute, they are following up on what they think is the commission of a crime by making the suspect face a trial or plead guilty.
The Scottish government has pointed out that children under 12 are no longer prosecuted for criminal behaviour.
An obsequious person is too eager to follow orders. In "The Simpsons," the character of Smithers is hilariously obsequious to Mr. Burns.
He was not aware of the obsequious attentions of the waiter who stood proudly behind his chair, with mouth set in a perpetual grin.

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