This week, we'd like to focus on the root word ject, which means "to throw." A lot of common English words have their roots in the word ject, and if you think about what they mean, they usually have something to do with something being thrown in one way or another.
If you've ever studied a language, even briefly (for a short time), or participated (took part) in a Spelling Bee, it is very likely that you have encountered root words. A root word is the main word that a series of words are based off of (founded on, built on). Many root words in the Romantic languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, and Portuguese) come from Latin, which is why many think it's important to take Latin in school. Knowing a lot of root words makes it easier to learn many language, including English, for example, the root word Err!
We've compiled a list of words with the root word ject, along with definitions from Merriam-Webster, to help you remember these words that are often "thrown about!"
Object (v): to oppose something firmly and usually with words or arguments, to throw your opposition to something
Project (v): to throw or cast forward, to put or set forth: present for consideration, to cause to jut out
Projectile (n): a body projected (thrown) by external force (energy) and continuing in motion by its own inertia; especially: a missile for a weapon (gun, etc.)
Projector (n): a device for projecting a beam of light or throwing an image on the wall.
Reject (v): to refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use. To throw out an idea.
Inject (v): to introduce into something forcefully, to force a fluid into (as for medical purposes), to throw something into something.
Trajectory (n): the curved path along which something (such as a rocket) moves or is thrown through the air or through space
Interject (v): to throw in between or among other things
Conjecture (n): an opinion or idea formed (thrown together) without proof or sufficient evidence
Jet (n): an airplane powered (thrown in the air) by one or more jet engines
Jettison (v): to get rid of (something): to reject (something, such as a plan or idea), to throw out and idea
Eject (v): to throw out especially by physical force, authority, or influence
Dejected (v): sad because of failure, loss, or being thrown away (as in rejected or put aside)
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Erin Duffin lives in Hamburg, is an English teacher, blogger, yoga instructor, and hopes the blog doesn't leave you feeling dejected, but rather injected with motivation and ready to project your excitement for the root word ject on the world today!