Did you know that the word root ‘onym’ comes from the Greek word ‘onuma’ (ὄνυμα), which means ‘name’? Some English words that use this root include acronym, which is a set of letters that represent a name of an organization, for example NASA. A pseudonym is a fictious name used to conceal an identity. A cryptonym is a secret name or code word. An eponym is a descriptive word that is created from the name of a person, for example ‘Victorian’ which describes something from the reign of Queen Victoria of England. Can you think of any other ‘onym’ words?
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An exonym or xenonym is the name of geographical place that comes from outside of that country or group of people. For example, “Germany” is the English word and “Allemagne” is the French word for the country. The opposite of xenonym is endonym. Following this example, the endonym is “Deutschland”.
Homonyms are words that have the same spelling, but different meanings. They can be used when making puns. For example:
- He often broke into song because he could not find the key
- He had a photogenic memory that was never developed.
- To write with a broken pencil is pointless
- A thief fell into cement and became a hardened criminal.
- We may never run out of math worksheets because they multiply