[Word-ology] Distort=Dis-+Tort

💡Time for [Word-ology] again, a column making English learning easier!💡

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

fluent= flu-[flow]+ent[a.]
Definition: smooth and unconstrained in movement

influx= in[in, into]+flu(x) [flow]
Definition: the process of flowing in


Today we will learn the new root “tort“. It means “twist” and is used in many words. Let’s see the word “distort” together.

In the word “distort“, “dis” means “away“, “tort” means “twist“. By combining them together we can deduce that “distort” means “twist away

In Merriam-webster Dictionary, “distort” means “to twist out of a natural, normal, or original shape or condition“, which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here is one example to use “distort” :

The odd camera angle distorted her figure in the photograph.


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

extort= ex-[out]+tort[twist]

retort= re-[back]+tort[twist]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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