ask, request

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.”

Rogue Root "Rog" Fully Interrogated

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


  • arrogate

    When you arrogate something, such as a position or privilege, you take it even though you don't have the legal right to it.

  • surrogate

    A surrogate is someone who temporarily takes the place of another person, usually acting as a representative because that person is not available to or cannot carry out a task.

  • abrogate

    To abrogate an act is to end it by official and sometimes legal means.

  • derogatory

    A derogatory statement about another person is highly offensive, critical, uncomplimentary, and often insulting.

  • prerogative

    Your prerogative is your right or privilege to do something.

  • arrogant

    Someone who is arrogant thinks very highly of themselves; as a result, they can be self-important and act as if they are better than others.

  • supererogatory

    Supererogatory effort is above and beyond that which is expected or asked for.

  • arrogance

    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

  • derogate

    cause to seem less serious

  • derogation

    a communication that belittles somebody or something

  • interrogate

    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication

  • interrogative

    relating to verbs in the so-called interrogative mood

  • prorogue

    hold back to a later time

  • rogue

    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

  • roguery

    reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

  • roguish

    playful in an appealingly bold way

  • supererogation

    an effort above and beyond the call of duty

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