I thought it might be nice to make this Got Flight Week on WIZ’s People Month. Posts this week will play with the question: Can humans fly? If you’ve had a flying dream or other liberating experience related to flying, please, feel free to post it in comments to this post or others published this week or submit your flight narrative to WIZ.
One of my hobbies is collecting words carrying the meaning of €œunderstanding € and whose root words are bound up in the metaphorical pairing of perceiving and grasping €”of aligning the focus of attention on something and the physical act of laying hold upon or seizing. The American Heritage Dictionary gives the following definition for €œunderstand €: To perceive or comprehend the nature and significance of; grasp. See synonyms at apprehend. € There follow three more definitions relying upon the words €œcomprehend € and €œgrasp. € At the heart of both €œapprehend € and €œcomprehend € lies the Latin root prehendere, €œto seize. €
Here is a partial list of other words and phrases conveying the concept of understanding that contain root words set in the act of grasping or seizing: Continue reading “Got flight?”