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Aries 19: The magic carpet

Aries 19: The magic carpet

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Aries 19: The magic carpet
T h e w o r d m a g i c i s a d e r i va t i v e o f t he I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t m a gh - 1 w hi c h means “to be able to, to have power.” 1 Paronyms magic, include ma in , dismay, ma g u s , m a c hi n e , me c h a n i c , ma y ,

m e c h a n i s m , a n d m ig h t . T h e w o r d c a rp et i s a d e r i va t i v e o f t h e I E r o ot k e rp - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o ga t h e r , p l u c k, h a r v e s t . ” 2 I t s p a r on y m s i n c l u d e t
Aries 19: The magic carpet
T h e w o r d m a g i c i s a d e r i va t i v e o f t he I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t m a gh - 1 w hi c h means “to be able to, to have power.” 1 Paronyms magic, include ma in , dismay, ma g u s , m a c hi n e , me c h a n i c , ma y ,

m e c h a n i s m , a n d m ig h t . T h e w o r d c a rp et i s a d e r i va t i v e o f t h e I E r o ot k e rp - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o ga t h e r , p l u c k, h a r v e s t . ” 2 I t s p a r on y m s i n c l u d e t

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Aries 19: The magic carpet
The word
magic
is a derivative of theIndo-European (IE) root 
magh-1
which
means “to be able to, to have power.”
1
 Paronyms include
dismay 
,
machine
,
 magic
,
ma
,
main
,
magus
,
mechanic
,
 mechanism
,
 
and
might.
 The word
carpet 
is a derivative of the IE root 
kerp-
 
which means “to gather, pluck, harvest.”
2
Its paronymsinclude the suffix
carp
(fruit, part of a fruit, fruit-like structure),
excerpt 
, and
scarce
.
THEMES: 
One theme here concerns the relation between parts andwholes, and between bigger parts and smaller parts. Specifically, recallthat the one of the paronyms of 
carpet
is
excerpt 
which means “
a passageor segment taken from a longer work, such as a literary or musical
composition, a document, or a film” and “to select or
use a passage or
segment from a longer work.”
3
One of the paronyms of 
magic
is
main 
and
among its definitions are “
m
ost important; principal” and “
the chief or
largest part.”
4
 
While large and long are synonyms, what’s more
important to recognize is that an excerpt represents a smaller part andthe main body, the larger and more important part.A second theme concerns
ADEQUACY
. Recall that two of the paronymso
carpet
are
scarce 
(Insufficient to meet a demand or requirement;short in supply) and
scarcity 
(insufficiency of amount or supply;shortage). The paronyms of 
magic
include
might 
(strength or ability todo something) and
mighty 
(Having or showing great power, skill,strength, or force). One of the synonyms of 
scarcity 
is inadequacy and
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 50
 
2
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 41
 
3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/excerpt4 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/main
 

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