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What are the root words of author?

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June 02, 2010 9:45PM

The root word for author is the Latin word auctor. The word is derived from the verb augere, "to increase; to grow; to nourish", and refers in Latin to anyone who creates something and/or causes it to grow. (The American patriotic song "My Country, 'tis of Thee" still refers to God as "Author of liberty" in this sense.)