It’s Greek to Me

Have you ever wondered what was the most useful thing you learned in high school? Think about it for a moment. It’s hard to decide. There’s the detritus which wasn’t useful, or you never really learned, or you wish you could forget; but what was the most useful thing you learned?

I’ve thought about it several times, and I’ve come to the conclusion it was the time we spent learning Greek roots in science. Of course, at the time I thought it was worthless, but I thought keeping my grade up was highly important. At this point in my life, no one asks me about my grades in sophomore biology; but every day I find myself constructing or deconstructing words using their Greek roots. Think of these examples: philos, logos, sophos, bio, hydro, phonos, … It just goes on and on.

Anyway, that’s my choice. Think about your own choice and whether you valued what you learned at the time.

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