lud

play, trick

Quick Summary

The Latin root word rog means “ask.” This Latin root is the word origin of a fair number of English vocabulary words, including interrogate, arrogant, and prerogative. The root rog is easily recalled via the word interrogative, for an interrogative is a question word that “asks” a question, such as “who,” “what,” “how,” “why,” or “where.” I should also do the variant “lus” here!!

"Lud" No Longer Eludes

The Latin root word rog means “ask.” Hopefully you will not need to use the interrogative “what?” to “ask” what this root word means after a minute or two!

A rogue is such a rascal that he “asks” for money, pretending to be a beggar when he really isn’t. He might use many an interrogative, or question word, “asking” such things as “What can you give me?” and “Where is your wallet?” After the police catch such a rogue they might send him through interrogation, “asking” him questions about just how much money he weaseled out of people.

An arrogant person “asks” for things that most people would never think of “asking” for, mostly because she is overbearing, full of herself, self-important, and feels herself to be superior to others. Such an arrogant person might speak in a derogatory fashion, “asking” that a good opinion of someone be taken away. Arrogant people believe that they have the prerogative to do or get anything they want, for they feel they have an exclusive right to “ask” for and subsequently receive those desires before anyone else does.

Sometimes people feel called to act as a surrogate. For instance, someone who acts as a surrogate parent is “asked” to be a parent in place of a biological parent, who is unable or unwilling to act in that role. Perhaps the biological parent has abrogated her duty, thereby legally “asking” it to go away from her. The surrogate parent who fills in would certainly be acting in a supererogatory fashion, going over and above what she was originally “asked” to do in life, at least in terms of being a parent to that abandoned child.

We may now comfortably prorogue our learning about rog, “asking” it to be set forward far into the future, for we need no longer “ask” about what words mean with the root rog in them. Roger that!

  1. rogue: scoundrel who “asks” for money when he’s not really needy or worthy of it
  2. interrogative: a question word that “asks” questions, such as “who,” “what,” “how,” “why,” or “where”
  3. interrogation: process of “asking” questions between two people
  4. arrogant: of someone who presumptuously “asks” for things
  5. derogatory: of an “asking” that someone’s good reputation be taken from her
  6. prerogative: of a rightful “asking” before others
  7. surrogate: of one person being “asked” to do something instead of another person who normally would
  8. abrogate: to legally “ask” for a duty to be taken away
  9. supererogatory: of performing a duty that is over and above that which was originally “asked”
  10. prorogue: “ask” to be put into the future

Usage

  • ludicrous

    If you describe something as ludicrous, you mean that it is extremely silly, stupid, or just plain ridiculous.

  • allude

    When you allude to something or someone, often events or characters from literature or history, you refer to them in an indirect way.

  • collude

    If you collude with people, you work secretly with them to do something dishonest.

  • prelude

    A prelude is an introduction to a musical piece or something that comes before an event.

  • elude

    If a fact or idea eludes you, you cannot remember or understand it; if you elude someone, you manage to escape or hide from them.

  • delude

    be false to

  • interlude

    perform an interlude

  • postlude

    a voluntary played at the end of a religious service

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