Guide to Literary Terms

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What are the different aspects of words?

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In English there are PARTS OF SPEECH: nouns, adjective, adverbs, verbs, articles, etc...

There are ANGLO-SAXON WORDS and GREEK & LATIN-ROOT WORDS: Anglo-Saxon words comprise 70% of our vocabulary:"sing," "sang," "sung."  Greek and Latin-root words comprise a large portion of the rest.  They are the language of academia, medicine, and law ("hemophiliac," "chloroform," etc...)

There are HIGH FREQUENCY and LOW FREQUENCY words.  High frequency are words we use daily ("I," "the," "you," "is").  Low frequency words are words we only use occasionally ("trident," "kumquat," "interdenominationalism").

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