Thursday, December 9, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Cybernaut

According to the Wiktionary Dictinonary cybernaut is "a voyager in cyberspace, a user of the Internet or virtual reality. The guy in the pic is more than a cybernaut: he is a cyberaddict!

According to the Etymology Dictionary cybernaut derives from Greek cybernetic, meaning "the science of communication and control theory that is concerned especially with the comparative study of automatic control systems". Cybernaut is formed by cyber- "used to form words relating to the Internet or cyberspace, or to computers more generally" and -naut "forms nouns meaning a voyager or traveller".

Cyberspace, has got the same roots as cybernaut. Another words with the root cyber- are: cybercafe, cyberart, cybername. Other words with the root 
-naut are: argonaut, astronaut, cosmonaut.


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