Shawn L. Bird

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latin joint April 24, 2012

Filed under: Grace Awakening,Pondering,Teaching — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:27 am
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You know, Latin fascinates me. I remember a verse in an autograph book I once had, “Latin is a dead language it’s plain enough to see. It killed off all the Romans, and now it’s killing me.” I never had the opportunity to study Latin, but I have studied French, Spanish and Italian at various degrees of seriousness, and so I make a lot of connections between Latin root words in those Roman languages, and of course in English as well.

Take the word “iugo” for example. It doesn’t have just a couple meanings, as would be likely if it was an English word.  Iugo covers a concept rather thoroughly. Consider that it means,
JOIN
JOINT
JOIN TOGETHER
BIND TOGETHER
LINK
BAND
CONNECT
INTERLACE
INOSCULATE
INTERLOCK
MATE
YOKE
COMMINGLE
WED
UNITE
PAIR
COMPOUND
MARRY
CLASP
AGGREGATE
HARNESS
CONFLATE
BRIDGE
FUN
COUPLE
PAN
COMPACT
AGGLUTINATE
LARK
RALLY
COMPLECT
AMALGAMATE
CONJOIN
LEASH
kind of profound isn’t it? Someday maybe I’ll really study Latin, but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy the Google translator and make the best of it.

Oh, if you’re trying figure how this connects to Grace Awakening, Iugo is the surname of Concordia in the books.  Concordia is the Roman goddess of marital harmony.  (I’ve told you before all the names in your books are chosen for a reason…)

 

 
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