January 25, 2019
monotonous (adjective)
\muh-NAH-tuh-nus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : uttered or sounded in one unchanging tone2 : boring from being always the same
How do you use it?
"Clicketta, clicketta, clicketta. The song of the locomotive was monotonous as they traveled north, and the hours seemed like Mama's never-ending ball of thread unwinding in front of them." (Pam Muñoz Ryan, _Esperanza Rising_)
Are you a word wiz?

The Greek word "monos" is at the root of "monotonous." What do you think "monos" means?

You singled out the answer if you chose A. The Greek word "monos" means "alone, single." Ancient Greek speakers combined "mon-" (a prefix derived from "monos") with their word "tonos" (meaning "tone") to form "monotonos." English speakers adopted "monotonos" as "monotonous" in the 18th century. As a descendant of "monos," "monotonous" is not alone. Other words that come from the root word "monos" include "monarchy" (rule by one person), "monologue" (a speech by one actor), and "monochromatic" (having one color).
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