Scorpio 12: An embassy ball

T h e w o r d e mb a ssy d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e Indo-European (IE) r o ot a g -1 w hi c h means “to drive, draw, move.” 1 Among i t s p a r o n y m s a r e t h e w o r d s a c t , a ct ive ,

a c t o r,

a c t u a l,

a ct u a ry,

a gen t,

a gi l e,

a gi t a te , a l le ge , a mb i gu o u s , a ss a y, c a ch e, c o ge n t, e s s a y, e x ac t , e x a mi n e, e x i gen t, f u m i ga t e, f u s t iga t e , i nt ra n si ge nt, l e vi ga t e, l it i ga te , n a vi ga te , re da ct , s q u a t, t ran s a c t, ago n y, a n ta go n i ze, c h o ra gu s , de m a gogu e , a nt a go ni ze , p ro t a go ni s t, s t ra ta ge m , s yna go gu e, a m b a s sa do r, e m b as s a ge, a x i o m, p e l l agra , p o da gra, a n d o gh a m .
T h e w o r d b a l l d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t gw el e-1 w h i c h m e a n s “ t o t h r o w , r e a c h w i t h f u r t h e r m e a n i n g t o p i e r c e . ” 2 I t s d e r i v a t i v e s i n c l ude

b a l l ( g a l a ) , b a l lad, b a l le t, b o u le , de vi l , e m b o li s m , h yp e rb o le , ki l l, p a l a ve r, pa ra b le , p a ra bo l a, p a rle y, p a rl i a me n t, p a rl o r, p a ro le , p ro b le m , s ym b o l , a n d q ue l l .
TH EMES : A s s h o w n b e l o w t he r e a r e a t l e a s t f i v e d i st i n ct t h e m e s — T RUTH , M US IC , I NFI RM IT Y , WRITI NG , a n d L AW .

Theme Truth Truth Music Music Infirmity Infirmity Infirmity Law Law

Root ag-1 gwele-1 ag-1 gwele-1 ag-1 gwele-1 gwele-1 ag-1 ag-1

Derivative axiom parable choragus ballad podagra pellagra embolism litigation axiom

Definition a self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson leader of a chorus a popular love song gout in the joints of the foot a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan obstruction or occlusion of a blood vessel legal proceedings an established rule, principle, or law

1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 20 2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 34 Starling Hunter © 2011 1

Law Law Communication Communication Communication Communication Communication

gwele-1 ag-1 ag-1 ag-1 gwele-1 gwele-1 gwele-1

parole parliament demagoguery essay palaver fustigate hyperbole

conditional release of a prisoner a law-making institution a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to th e emotions a short literary composition on a single subject idle chatter; talk intended to charm or beguile to criticize harshly a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect

Starling Hunter © 2011

2

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful