Monday, August 18, 2008

#2: Caedo, caedere, cecidi, caesum: to cut, kill

Moving on with this prolific Greek and Latin root word, more English vocabulary words derived include "incision," which is nothing but a "cutting in," that is, during surgery; it can also be a "cut," or notch, in a leaf. To "excise" text from a book is to "cut" it out, perhaps for the purposes of being "concise," that is, a way of speaking or writing that is "thoroughly cut" for the purposes of elegant brevity. Note that Occam's Razor certainly would be an apropos allusion for practicing written "conciseness" and "excision." Is a surgeon being "incisive" when making an "incision"? Probably not; if one is "incisive," one is quickly "cutting" into the heart of a difficult matter, "killing" any extraneous substance or superfluous conjecture. So as not to make this entry any longer than a "precis," or concise summary, a brief introduction that is "cut before" a more expansive text which tells the reader what to expect, similar to a scientific abstract, I shall end. So as not to "cut" oneself off from other derivatives stemming from this not so "concise" root, see it in all its wonderful, colorful detail at Greek and Latin roots examples, or view it in a Greek and Latin roots poster format.

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