May 31, 2016
- corridor (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a passageway (as in a school) into which compartments or rooms open2 : a narrow strip of land especially through territory held by an enemy
- How do you use it?
- There's a rule prohibiting students from running in the corridors, so you shouldn't dally if you want to get to your next class on time.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think comes from the same root word as "corridor"?A clue to the root of "corridor" is buried in today's example sentence. It's the part about running, because "currere," the Latin word meaning "to run," is the root of "corridor." It might lead you to answer B, "current." "Current" refers to the part of a fluid body "running" in a certain direction. "Course," meaning the action of moving in a path from point to point, and "courier," meaning a person who "runs" messages from one place to another, are also both related to "corridor" through Latin "currere."