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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 7:07:08 PM

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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day, July 21, 2019: redaction

Can you pick the words from the following list that come from the same Latin root?

A. redaction B. prodigal C. agent D. essay E. navigate F. ambiguous

If you guessed all of them, you are right. Now, for bonus points, name the Latin root that they all have in common. If you knew that it is the verb agere, meaning to "to drive, lead, act, or do," you get an A+. Redaction is from the Latin verb redigere ("to bring back" or "to reduce"), which was formed by adding the prefix red- (meaning "back") to agere. Some other agere offspring include act, agenda, cogent, litigate, chasten, agile, and transact.

Source: Merriam-Webster Word of the Day

I guessed, correctly, that redaction and agent are related. For navigate I was not sure. This comes to a score of about 40%.

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