In So Many Words

Info-Comics by Larry Paros


The Key Root for this column: Latin pater, patr–, "father," patronus, a "support," "guardian," or "protector."

Minor Roots:None

Words and Phrases List

father, fatherhood, fatherland, compadre, compatriot, expatriate, padre, paternity, paternal, paternalistic, paternalism, patriot, patriotic, patrician, patron, patronage, patronize, pattern, repatriate

Thoughts for Today

  1. What makes for a good father?
  2. What makes for a patriot? What do we mean when we say that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel?
  3. What's wrong with being paternalistic?
  4. Who is the most patronizing person you know? What makes him/her so annoying?
  5. How do you compare being paternal with being maternal?