Increase your corpus of vocabulary words: Study Latin roots! You will learn new words and you will gain a deeper, more meaningful understanding of many words that you already know.
Latin Word of the Week (November 5, 2008)
Recently we saw how the Latin root circum can help students increase their corpus of vocabulary words.
The Latin word corpus, meaning body, helps build English vocabulary in two ways. First, it has become an English word in itself. Second, it serves as the root to many important vocabulary words.
So check out this list of derivatives from the Latin root corpus:
Corpus: a body of work. The entire corpus of Mark Twain is still great reading today.
Habeas corpus: Latin for you may have the body. This writ protects suspects from illegal imprisonment until such time as they face a judge.
Corporeal: having to do with the body, tangible, material. “A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.” --Emily Dickenson
Corporal: of the body. “Let's reintroduce corporal punishment in the schools - and use it on the teachers.” --P.J. O'Rourke
Corporate: united or combined into one body. “The liberal intelligentsia has allowed its party to become a captive of corporate interests.” --Ralph Nader
Incorporate: to unite or combine into one body; to include.
Corpulent: of a large body, portly, chubby. Cleopatra was said to be rather corpulent by today's standards of beauty.
Corpse: a dead body; something nolonger useful. The corpses of old computers are piling up in our land-fills.
Corpus Christi: Latin for the body of Christ.
Mens sana in corpore sano: Latin for a sound mind in a sound body. The ancient definition of health.