A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Wash...

A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Just a quick Word Nerd break, then you can go back to your regularly scheduled picnics, flags, and fireworks.

Today’s word, appropriately, is independence.

I know it will be a big shock for you:

The word comes from the Latin prefix in- meaning,  “no, not, without.”

And from depend. Dependence comes from the Latin prefix de- and the Latin root word, pend, meaning “to hang down.”

Nosirree, our Founders did not want America to hang down from the British Empire any longer. They wanted independence.

It’s kind of funny to think of an entire continental nation hanging from the tiny island of Britain, isn’t it? Of course, we weren’t yet continental at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Our Founders had foresight along with wisdom.

Thank God for that, and for the men and women who have fought and died to make this a nation of freedom and independence, both nationally and personally.

A THOUGHT: Take time to read our Declaration of Independence out loud with your family today. Good tradition to start, yes? Here is a nice YouTube video of a reading of the Declaration, if you prefer.

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WORD NERD CHALLENGES OF THE WEEK: What are some other word that hang with the pend root word? In- meaning “no,  not, without” is actually the second definition of that prefix in Webster’s New World College Dictionary– What is the first?

[BONUS: There was a time when that little island of Britain controlled a large part of the rest of the world. Anglophiles might enjoy this article about British colonization, if you’re an Anglophile. http://www.friesian.com/british.htm. It includes an animation of a clock, showing how the sun never set on the British Empire at one point in time.]

 Blessings on this day of Family and Patriotism! God bless America.