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What is the Latin root word for education?

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2015-06-13 15:52:24

It comes from the word "educare" which means "to bring up", from

e- "out" and ducere "to lead; to bring forward".

Well, now. This is embarrassing. I should have hired a good

proofraeder to review that answer, because it's wrong. At least

part of it is. The first part is correct in that the English term

"education" does come

from the Latin educare (ēducāre with the macrons),

and the second part is correct insofar as (some of) the

meanings of ēducāre are concerned, but is

"mso-bidi-font-style: normal">incorrect insofar as the Latin

used to illustrate those English meanings is concerned; the English

word "education" is not

derived from ē-dūcere, which means "to draw out."

You see that big fat "A" in education? Well, that tells you

immediately that it is a word of the first, or

"mso-bidi-font-style: normal">ā-stem

"mso-bidi-font-style: normal">, Latin conjugation, namely

ēducāre, whose fourth

principal part is ēducātus--the first and third being

ēducō and ēducāvī respectively-- and the basis of the

English term "education."

If the second conjugation term ēdūco,

"mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">ēdūcere, ēdūxī,

ēductus were the root, job applicants would be filling out

forms asking what the "highest level of eduction" they've

attained was.

Sorry it took so long to catch the error.


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