The Latin root pos means “put.” Today we will put together a short composition to expose you to a number of English vocabulary words with pos in them!
When Mozart or Beethoven composed a symphony, they “put” its notes together. While performing it, they had to exhibit a great deal of composure, remaining psychologically “put” together so as not to fall apart during the performance. If they did lose their cool, there may have been no subsequent proposals or offers “put” forth for future concerts, perhaps causing the discomposure of the musicians, a state in which they would lose their confidence, being no longer mentally “put” together! This upset could lead to an early death, which would move them from the active aspects of composing to the passive condition of decomposing, that is, their bodies becoming no longer “put” together but rather literally falling apart!
Because responsible citizens don’t want to expose planet Earth to their trash, or “put” it out there, they dispose of their disposables by “putting” them away into a disposal bin. Imagine a future ruler who proposes or “puts” forth the idea of having to produce only recyclable or reusable packaging for products. Hopefully she would not be deposed or “put” from her position, nor experience a great deal of opposition, or ideas “put” against hers, but rather be imposed or “put” upon to make even tougher environmentally friendly suggestions! Imagine her not opposing these more stringent regulations, that is, not “putting” herself against them, but rather juxtaposing or “putting” her own rules next to the new ones so as to make planet Earth as healthy as possible. Do you think we will ever see a leader be predisposed to doing just that, “putting” ideas of that ilk before all others?
I suppose that we have now had plenty of examples of words containing the root pos. No longer will you be indisposed while encountering such words, but rather will be predisposed to encountering even more!
- composition: the act of “putting” together
- compose: “put” together
- composure: remaining mentally “put” together during a trying situation
- proposal: a “putting” forth of an offer to perform work of some kind
- discomposure: not remaining mentally “put” together, hence being upset
- decompose: falling away from being “put” together
- expose: to “put” out
- dispose: to “put” away
- disposable: that which is able to be “put” away
- disposal: of “putting” away
- propose: “put” forth an idea
- depose: to “put” from office
- opposition: the act of “putting” against
- impose: “put” upon
- opposing: “putting” oneself against
- juxtapose: “put” next to
- predispose: to “put” one idea before another
- suppose: to “put” under
- indisposed: not having been “put” into a good place by an idea, hence being averse to it
- predisposed: having “put” one idea before another