Thursday, December 16, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Automobile

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary automobile is "vehicle designed for passenger transportation ", for example, the vintage car in the pic.

According to the Etymology Dictionary automobile derives from Greek autos "self, one's own", and from Latin mobilis "movable", meaning "self-propelled motor vehicle".

Ohter words with auto-
: autonomous, autonomy and autodidact. With -mobile, we have: mobilization, mobilize/mobilise and immobilism.


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