Explanation of VETY

A great number of the words we use today (half or more) have their roots in two languages: Greek and Latin. This semester we are going to undertake a study of words that derive from these two languages.

What we have the most of are root words. Every week I am going to give you a list of roots to look up on your own. I'll assign them on Monday and you will have until Friday to find the required information. You need to find out three things: the language the word comes from (Greek or Latin), the meaning of the word, and several examples words we use today that have that root in them.

When you find the words you will need to start a new document in Google Docs and keep track of them in that. You should have a separate document for each set of words. Here is an example of how you should format the documents. EXAMPLE

To look the root words up, you may have to use some indirect methods. They usually will not be in the dictionary under their own heading. Look for words that include them and check inside the brackets next to the word [ ] for the language of origin. Be careful. Follow the history all the way back to the original root. The front of the dictionary will offer a list of abbreviations used in that dictionary. This may prove helpful in deciphering the words origins.

This is an “on your own” project. There are dictionaries in the classroom and the media center, that have the words’ derivations. I have also provided links to many websites that contain Greek and/or Latin root words below.

Good Luck!!


VETY Set 1 Due 2/13/09
VETY Set 2 Due 2/20/09
VETY Set 3 Due 3/07/09
VETY Set 4 Due 3/20/09
VETY Set 5 Due 4/24/09
VETY Set 6 Due 5/07/09

VETY Games

Numerical Prefixes Games
Numerical Prefixes Flashcards

VETY Set 3 Games
VETY Set 3 Flashcards

Places to Look Online for Root Words

Numerical Prefixes

Vocabulary Etymology, VETY, was originated by New York City teacher Ted Nellen. Here is his original VETY page.