[Word-ology] Madcap=Mad+Cap

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

1. erupt=e-[out]+rupt-[burst]

Definition: When a volcano erupts, lava and ash “burst or break out of” it.

2. interrupt=inter-[between]+rupt-[burst]

Definition: If you interrupt people who are having a conversation, you “break between” them unexpectedly, or “burst among” them without waiting your turn.


Today, we are going to learn a new etymon cap/cip‘ with the word madcap. The etymoncap/cip means head” and it is an important component in many words!

8.07 Word-ology

The word consists of two meaningful etyma. The first “mad” means “crazy” and the second “cap” means ”head”. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word “madcap” is “(people who) have crazy minds (and do things without enough considerations)”.

And in Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary, “madcap” means “crazy and not caring about danger; not sensible , which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here’s an example to use “madcap“:

The politicians simply flitted from one madcap scheme to another.

Additionally, the etyma “cip” would have the same meaning as “cap” in some words, such as “precipitate“.


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

precipitate=pre-[forth]+cip-[head]+it+-ate-[a. & v.]

And write down a sentence to prove that you’ve mastered it!


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