In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros


Stretching Yourself

Build your vocabulary as you follow ISMW. You can start by first becoming familiar with common Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes.

Prefixes and suffixes are sets of letters added to the beginning or end of a word, expanding its meaning. They are not words in their own right, but they make each and every word to which they are attached, special and distinct.

Examples of prefixes in this column are: ad: "movement to or towards;" ex: "from or out;" pre: "before;" por: "forward;" and con: "with." "Tendency" uses the suffix ency. "Intention" uses ion. Check out their meaning.

The Key Root for this column: tendere, tendo "to stretch"

Those words which are underlined are in the column. The others are close relatives but use different prefixes and suffixes. See if you can deduce their meaning.

Words and Phrases List

attend, attendance, attention, attentive, contend, contention, contentious, extend, extensible, extension, extensive, intend, intense, intensification, intensifier, intensify, intension, intensional, intensity, intensive, intent, intention, ostensible, ostensive, ostentation, ostentatious, portend, portent, portentous, pretend, pretender, pretense, pretension, pretentious, pretentiousness, subtend, superintend, superintendent, tendentious, tendency, tendon, tension, tensor, tent, tenterhooks

Here are some excellent net resources to assist you. Hang on to them for future reference.

Thoughts for Today

  1. What are the most important things you attend to daily?
  2. What are the greatest sources of tension in your life?
  3. What does your teacher mean when he/she asks for the class's attention?
  4. Why is school attendance important?
  5. Which things do you feel most intense about?