Much of our language is derived from Greek and Latin roots, and the more roots you learn, the easier it will be to decode unknown words. In honor of the last spoonful about HOMOPHONES, this highlights ten words derived from the Greek root PHON (sound).
HOMOPHONE = HOMO (same)
Definition: words that sound the same but typically have different meanings and spellings
TELEPHONE = TELE (far, far away, distance)
Definition: a device that transmits sound over a distance
SYMPHONY = SYM or SYN (together).
Definition: harmonious musical composition for a full orchestra
PHONICS = ICS (a body of facts, knowledge, or principles)
Definition: a way to teach reading that breaks words into letter sounds
XYLOPHONE = XYLO (wood)
Definition: wooden bars struck by mallets to produce sound
EUPHONIUM = EU (good, well); EUPHONOS (sweet-voiced)
Definition: like a tuba with a tenor voice
MICROPHONE = MICRO (small, tiny)
Definition: small device that amplifies voices or other sounds
CACOPHONY = KAK (bad)
Definition: = harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
MEGAPHONE = MEGA (very large)
Definition: = large device that makes loud voices even louder
PHONOGRAPH= GRAPH or GRAPHY (to write)
Definition: = machine that can convert records to sound
FUN FACT: Both the SAXOPHONE and SOUSAPHONE are named after their creators. Belgian inventor and musician Adolphe Sax might not be a household name, but I'm sure many of you are familiar with American composer/conductor John Philip Sousa and his military marches!
Happy Summer! I hope you enjoyed this spoonful.
Laura Fineberg Cooper