Discover the Theme I
It is human nature to find patterns in things where there might be none, whether it is in the shape of clouds or in the arrangement of sand, in a chain of events, or in the digits of pi. Or in a list of words. What unites these words here in a common thread? You find out! Don your word-sleuth hat and discover the theme that weaves these words. Each word is another piece of the puzzle. Answer at the end of the chapter.
tessera (TESS-er-a) noun, plural tesserae
A small piece of stone, glass, etc. used in making mosaic pattern.
This word comes to us from Greek tesseres, meaning "four," as in four corners of a piece used to create a mosaic pattern. From Latin, from Greek, neuter of tesseres, variant of tessares (four).
The lower layer of water in a lake that is stagnant and remains at a constant temperature.
From Greek hypo- (under) + limnion, diminutive of limne (lake, pool).
To remove the cerebrum
One who is devoid of intelligence or reason.
From Latin cerebrum (brain).
A word that is the same in spelling and pronunciation as another word but different in meaning. For example, quail (the bird) and quail (to lose heart.)
From Latin homonymum, from Greek homonumon, from neuter of homonumos (homonymous).
To force to come out of a vessel, such as blood from blood vessels to surrounding tissues or lava from underground.
To pour forth.
From Latin combining form extra- (outside, beyond) + vas (vessel) + -ate.
Of course, there was a pattern in those seemingly random words. All of these words can be typed on a standard QWERTY keyboard using only one hand - either left or right. Try it. Here are some other words that fall in this category:
Copyright 2003 by Anu Garg and Stuti Garg. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission of the author.
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