Earlier today I challenged readers to discover the meaning of the latin root ject, which is found in many English words. One commenter, Marla (actually the only commenter this time), had it right away. Ject means to throw. Of course, that information only made me curious about the suffixes and prefixes of all our English words that contain this root.
Marla used the example of abject (to throw down), which reminded me that the spanish word for down is abajo. On a roll, I began to wonder what the literal origins of abdomen were. The ab part does mean lower (or down), but the domen part dead ended—nobody knows where that came from. I hate it when that happens!
I was going down the wrong track anyway. We’re supposed to be talking about ject words, not ab words.
I was right about conjecture—it is the result of the act of throwing an opinion or idea. Here are a few others…
Eject (to throw out): ex + ject (ex = out)
Reject (to throw back): re + ject (re = back)
Object (to throw before or against): ob + ject (ob = against)
Subject (to throw under): sub + ject (sub = under) This could refer to subject matter (the thing under consideration) or to human subjection (throwing one person under the control of another).
And a couple more.
An injection is a liquid thrown into the veins. An interjection is a word thrown between others. An adjective is a word that is added and thrown near the noun.
I don’t think I’ll ever hear those words the same again. Feel free to add any that you investigate…