[Word-ology] Pertinent=Per+Tin+Ent

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Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.


1. obstruct=ob-[toward]+struct-[build up]

Definition: to block a road, an entrance, a passage, etc. so that somebody/something cannot get through, see past, etc.

2. misconstrue=mis+con-[together]+strune-[build]

Definition:  to understand somebody’s words or actions wrongly


Today, we are going to learn a new etymon ”tin’‘ with the word ”pertinent”. The etymon ”tin means ”hold” and it is used in many words.

Let’s go!!


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The word consists of three etyma, “per” means “through”, “tin means “hold”, and the etyma ”ent” at the end of the word means that this word is an adjective. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word “pertinent” is “hold through or persist something”, which is closed to “relevant”.

And it is very easy to find a basic combination between what we deduced and the definition in the Oxford Dictionary, of striking appropriateness and pertinence“.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words.

pertinacious=per-[thoroughly]+tin[hold]+-acious[adj.]

retinue=re-[back]+tin[hold]+-ue[n.]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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