Sunday, December 19, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Catalogue

According to the Merrian -Webster Dictionary, catalogue means "a complete enumeration of items arranged systematically with descriptive details". In English we can say both catalog (Am.) and catalogue (Brit.).

According to the Etymology Dictionary catalogue comes from Greek katalogos, meaning a list, register, enrollment". Catalogue derives from Greek kata, meaning "down, completely"; and legein, meaning "to say, count".

Cataclysm, catafalque and catastrophe are words with the same root kata. Monologue, homologus and analects are words with the same root legein.


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