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The study of word origins       
    their links and  

I find the links between words fascinating. We often use words without thinking about exactly what they mean, and without thinking which alternatives could we have used to express oursleves.

By looking at the history of words, seeing how they came to have their current meanings, and seeing the links between words, we can improve our communication skills and express ourselves better.

    their modifications.





Assess To judge the value of. From Latin assessor (in turn from assidere to sit near) a judge's assistant, one who sat by him See Assiduous, Assize, Dissident.
Assiduous Diligegent. From Lation assiduus, sitting down to, constant. Latin as for ad near sedere to sit.
See Assize, Dissident
Assize An assembly of judges. A tax. From Latin assidere to sit near, or to impose a tax.
See Assiduous,Assess


This word comes from the Latin word Communis meaning common. Thus to communicate means to make ideas common to another or to others.

See also Common and Commune

Commune (verb)

Origin as Communicate. To enter into a communication with (often of a deity). Therefore, when you take commune, you are becoming common or one with god.


Commune (noun)

Origin see Communicate
A piece of land owned or for use communally.

Dissident One who dissents. From Latin dis apart and sedere to sit. See also Assess, Assize, Assiduous, Dissident
Hostage From Italian ostaggio hostage. Originally from Latin obsidere - ob at or near, sedere to sit. See Assess, Dissident, Sedentary
Sedentary From Latin sedentarius, ever sitting. A sedentary person is therefore one who sits. See also Assess, Assize, Assiduous, Dissident



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