Word Origins Selena Rivera

Three Origins of English

Anglo-Saxon • Latin • Greek


The Anglo-Saxons were very basic, primitive people, and they would hunt for their own food. This is why we see a lot of words necessary for hunting or having to do with body parts come from this origin. We see number words, basic colors, animals, body parts, and simple common everyday words. 20-25% of words we use today comes from Anglo-Saxon origin.


During this time, literature and government were huge elements of life. So we see words that are very long, and legal terms in this origin. A few more clues are -ct words, -ular words, ti and ci words that say "sh," and more. 60% of words we use today comes from Latin origin!


The Greek people participated in theatre and the creation of Olympic sports. We see a pattern of a lot of those types of terms. -Ology is another clue in the Greek origins and we see that because the Greek spent a lot of time studying and thinking about philosophy, creating these -ology words. 10% of words we use today comes from Greek origin!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

Why is this valuable for students?


Learning the word origins helps us to see patterns in the English language. They are very valuable to learning because they help students see a similarity in ideas, words, math, or any other thing they are studying, and that can help them to better remember.


When students can understand the history behind the words in the English language, they gain a strategy that helps them to break words down when they are reading or trying to spell.

In the Classroom

We can use this in history so we can see how language developed and shaped culture at the time. Also we see it evolve from basic, necessary words to more literary and fun words. We can track the pattern of events in history with the development in language. Then when we start new units we can look at vocabulary from that unit and determine where these words came from and what that means.

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