What is Puzzle?

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What is Puzzle?

A puzzle is a game, challenge, or toy that puts one’s creativity or knowledge to the test. The solver of a puzzle is required to fit parts together logically in order to arrive at the right or entertaining solution to the problem. Crossword puzzles, word-search puzzles, number puzzles, relational puzzles, and logic puzzles are examples of puzzle genres.

Puzzles are often constructed for amusement purposes, but they may also emerge from significant mathematical or logical difficulties. In such situations, its answers may be an important addition to mathematical research.

What is Etymology

Etymology is not a literary or rhetorical technique. “Etymology is the study of word histories.” Every word in every language has a distinct origin and history; words may be born in a variety of ways, and their histories are often exciting and instructive. Etymology is the study and documentation of the lives (mostly the origins) of words.

A word’s etymology may involve a variety of factors. The date of the first known use of a term in print is typically cited as its birthday. If a term, such as “selfie,” was coined during historical periods, its genesis is explained. Most words evolved over hundreds of years from earlier terms dating back to the ancient past. Thus, etymology attempts to trace that evolution back as far as possible, typically ending with the oldest dead language for which we have records. Most words had somewhat or drastically different meanings in the ancient languages from which they originated, which are also recorded.

II. Examples of Etymology

Simple and sophisticated etymologies exist. It depends on how far a word has travelled and what adventures it has had, just like people’s lives. Here are a couple of examples of each:

Example 1

The etymology of the word ‘etymology’ is complex, as follows:

    • ethimolegia “facts of the origin and development of a word,”
    • from Old French etimologie, ethimologie (14c., Modern French étymologie)
  • from Greek etymologia “analysis of a word to find its true origin,” properly “study of the true sense (of a word)”

Example 2

The etymology of “show-and-tell” is much more simple:

show-and-tell (n.) elementary school teaching tool, 1948, American English.

Types of Etymology

Words are created and developed in a variety of ways.

Many words begin with the term “roots”; a root is the core component of most words, carrying most of the meaning.

Example

The root of ‘English’ is ‘Engl’ which came from the ancient Germanic tribe, the Angles, who spoke a language that later became English.  The -ish is just a suffix, that means “language of” in this case. 

In English, there are thousands of word roots (or any language). The other half of English word roots originated from old Latin and French since England was invaded by the Norman French 1,000 years ago and the English people had to absorb much of their vocabulary, which became part of the English language. However, contrary to popular belief, English is not derived from Latin. It’s simply that most of our more educated-sounding terms are taken from high-status languages, like Norman French, Latin, or Greek.

Words may change in appearance as well as meaning as they mature. They may also give rise to new terms or be adopted by other cultures and languages. You may trace the roots of a term in etymology and learn when, where, and why these changes occurred.

The Importance of Using Etymology

Etymology is essential because it allows you to become a better wordsmith by understanding it. You’ll be able to comprehend your words better if you know where they came from, and you’ll be able to use them more efficiently, accurately, and elegantly if you know where they came from. Knowing etymology may also assist you in deciphering the meanings of unfamiliar terms. When you look at two individuals who are connected, you can see how similar their characteristics are, and their family tree emerges. Similarly, if you’re acquainted with word origins and can deduce the meanings of certain words, you may deduce the meanings of others. As a result, your vocabulary will begin to expand on its own.

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