So, to follow up on last week’s challenge to use the word bombastic correctly in a sentence…

Bombastic comes from the French bombace, (“cotton, cotton padding”) which comes from the Latin and Greek words bombyx, “silk.”

How’re your sentences doing now? 😀

Seriously, the Online Etymology Dictionary points out that it is the term for the stuffing used in upholstery and clothing, but has been extended to mean pompous speech. I daresay, stuffy speech, yes?

Yes, I know! With b-o-m-b at the start of the word, it ought to mean explosive, angry speech. Alas, bomb as an explosive device comes from the Latin bombus, “a deep hollow sound, a buzzing or booming sound.” No relation to the derivation of bombastic.

So, now, how’d your sentence do?  (In some of your sentences, you could’ve been using the word either as angry speech or pompous speech…your call!)


Here is a list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes. I want you to make as long a list of real words as you can from this list, separately or in combination. No fair using different forms of the same word, such as bombast, bombastic, bombastically.

phon (sound)

graph (writing)

dict (say, speak)

gen (birth, produce)

photo (light)

hydro (water)

thermo (heat)

re (again)

pater (father)

pro (before/in favor of)

in (not)

in (in)

ab/abs/a (apart/away from)

bene (well, favorable)

arch (first, chief)




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[Thanks to the Online Etymology Dictionary for teaching me about bombastic, and to the Michigan State GRE study helps website for the simple and concise list from which I chose these roots, prefixes and suffixes.]