[Word-ology] Spectator = Spect+At+Or

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

  1. fortification=fort-[strong]+i-[connective]+fic-[make]+action-[act of doing something]
    Definition: the act of fortifying or making sth stronger
  2. reinforce=re-[back]+in-[into]+for(c)-[strong]+e-[v.]
    Definition: to strengthen by additional assistance, material, or support : make stronger or more pronounced

Today, we are going to learn a new etymon spect‘ with the word spectator. The etymonspect means look” and it is an important component in many words!

7.24 Word-ology

The word consists of two meaningful etyma. The first “spect” means “look“. The second “or”  tells us that this word is a noun and relates to a specific kind of person. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word  spectator is people who look at sth”.

And in Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary, “spectator” means “a person who is watching an event, especially a sports event , which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here’s an example to use “spectator“:

The most popular spectator sport is football.


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

aspect=a-[to]+spect-[look]

circumspect=circum-[around]+spect-[look]


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