Competent

It is an adjective expressed in the Latin words compĕtens, compĕtentis, associated with competent-em, as the present participle of the verb competĕre, which responds to ‘compete,’ governed by the prefix com-, which refers to the idea of union, and the verb petĕre, which implies the action of pursuing, reaching, fighting, going or searching around something […]

Coronavirus and COVID-19

It is a combination that emerges from the comparison between the well-defined shape of the outermost part of the sun which emits sparks of fire – observed mainly during an eclipse – and the bulges in the circular biological appearance of microorganisms, which are visible under a microscope’s magnifying glass; As such, it is formed […]

Education

Seen in Latin as educatio, linked to the use of the verb ‘to educate’ as educāre, to express a principle of directing or guiding, associated with educĕre, interpreted as ‘revealing’ or ‘exposing’ to the outside, composed of the prefix ex-, indicating ‘to take out’ or ‘to externalize’, and ducĕre, for the action of ‘to conduce’ […]

Evidence

Traced to the Latin in evidentia, understood as the idea of transparency and clarity and contemplating the possibility of a proof that allows to demonstrate something observing such application in the historical legal field, being formed by the elements: ex, for ‘to take out’ or ‘to reveal’, and the verb videre, for ‘to see’, with […]

Geography

Identified in the Latin geographĭa, with roots in the Greek geōgraphía, composed by the prefix geō- originated from gê, which implies the ‘Earth’, being used in other words that have this part of the solar system as a reference point: ‘geology’ (in the Greek geō- and -logy), ‘geodynamics’ (in the Latin geō- and in the […]

Grotesque

It can be seen in the Italian language as grottesco, associated with grotta, referring to a ‘grotto’, in allusion to the passage and interior of a cave or underground space, and the latter, from the Latin crypta, connecting to the Greek kryptḗ, feminine form of kryptos, translated to ‘crypt’, with reference in the verb krýptein, […]

Gymnastics and Gymnasium

The first, ‘gymnastics’, is known in Latin as gymnasticus, and in Greek as gymnastikos, which is interpreted as nudity in the context of exercise, associated with the verb gymnazein, for practicing or training in the nude, as determined by gymnos, which refers to ‘naked’, from the Indo-European root expressed in *nogw-, carrying the same context […]

Meritocracy

Established in the works of British sociologist Michael Young (1915-2002), published in 1958, under the title The Rise of Meritocracy, tackling the inequalities and injustices of the labor and institutional order to propose a futuristic United Kingdom that is projected on the basis of the intelligence and individual effort of its residents, thus configuring itself […]

Project

Referred to in Latin as proiectus, having the prefix pro- to reflect the idea of ‘future,’ ‘going forward’, and the participle iācere, related to iactus, for ‘to throw,’ with roots in the Indo-European *ye-, for ‘throw’ or ‘toss’. Thus, we can see the meaning of ‘project’ in relation to the planning of a specific objective, […]

Sedentary

Both in noun and adjective form, and used for male and female, it is seen in Latin as sedentarius, in allusion to performing or doing a task while sitting down, in reference to the verb sedēre, which is interpreted precisely as sitting down, breaking it down into sedens, which is the Latin reference for ‘to […]

Sustainability

In its deconstruction, we can appreciate its meaning in the Latin verb sustentāre, which refers to the ideas of to ‘support’, ‘back up’ or ‘care’, translating into ‘to sustain,’ originating in the root of sustinēre, developed from sub-, for ‘below’, and tenēre, by the action of ‘to take’ something; followed by the elements -bili-, as […]

Symbol

Seen in Latin as symbŏlus, from the Greek sýmbolos, formed by the prefix sin-, given the Greek articulation syn-, that points out the idea of ‘meeting, encounter or union,’ from the Indo-European reference *sun-, contemplated as the connector, and – bolus detached from the verb ballein, that refers to ‘throwing’ or ‘casting’, with roots in […]

Technique

Seen in the French technique, from its Greek predecessor technikós, for one who ‘creates’ or ‘develops’, related to téchnē, instance in which it refers to ‘art’ or ‘skill’ in the creative sense, with obvious roots in the Indo-European *teks-, for ‘to make’ or ‘to create’. The central pillar reflected in téchnē is transformed into an […]

Tragicomedy

Thought by the playwright Plautus in the 2nd century B.C. at the cultural prime of ancient Rome, as can be appreciated in his play Amphitryon (The Host), in which the gods Jupiter and Mercury take on the roles of mere mortals, representing different social classes and misfortunes. Seen in the form of the Latin tragicomoedia, […]

Vampire

It is observed in the French vampire, in the middle of the 18th century, referred to the German vampir, at the beginning of the 18th century at the behest of legends coming from the region of Hungary where Transylvania was located (presently belonging to Romania), about the Hungarian vampire, outlined by the Slav opiri on […]

Villain

Established in ancient Rome, it exposes the contempt of the ruling elites with respect to the peasants, being observed in Latin under villānum, villānus, to refer to the humble villagers who served in the lands of their respective patrons, associated to ‘villa’, comprising the residences of a rural area, on the Indo-European *weik(1) -, for […]

Vocation

Having its origin in Latin as vocatio, vocatiōnis, to raise the idea of a calling, based on the suffix vocāt-, for vocātus, as past participle of the verb vocāre, for ‘to call’, associated to vōx, that refers to the voice, from the Indo-European root *wekw-, for ‘to reveal’ or ‘to say’, accompanied by the suffix […]

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