Quick Summary

The Latin root word curr means “run.” This Latin root is the word origin of a number of English vocabulary words through which it “runs,” including currency, cursor, and curriculum. The root curr is easily recalled via an ocean current, which “runs” by itself since it is surrounded by waters that are relatively still.

Run the Curr Course

The Latin root word curr means “run.” Let’s “run” a short course on this Latin root so that it remains current in your memory for good!

Did your teacher ever have you write in cursive, when your hand “runs” such that it never lifts off the paper? If so, you took a course, or material that is “run” through over a period of time, in cursive. A number of courses comprises a school’s curriculum, or “running” of academic material. One course could be in current events, or those goings-on that are “running” right now, or currently.

Have you ever had a recurrent dream, that is, one that “runs” again and again over a period of time? And what was the common occurrence in that dream, that is, that which you “ran” up against? Perhaps you stole gold from a giant, thereby incurring the giant’s wrath or “running” into his anger? Did the dream turn terrifying at that point so that you had no recourse or “running” back towards help that could save you from the angry giant? Or did you receive succor just in time as someone “ran” up to you to fend off the giant? Maybe that succor arrived just as the giant was about to grab you, both events happening concurrently or “running” together so that you were saved just in time? Hopefully you’ll think twice now before taking an excursion or a “running” out towards that pile of giant’s gold!

And last but not least, have you ever noticed the little arrow that “runs” all over your computer screen? That is called, appropriately enough, the cursor, since it “runs” about all over the place!

Enough discourse or “running” on and on about the Latin root curr. Our time, after all, has “run” out!

  1. cursive: handwriting where the hand “runs” over the paper
  2. course: an academic “run” of learning
  3. curriculum: many academic “runs” of learning
  4. current: that which is “running” now
  5. recurrent: “running” again and again
  6. occurrence: that which “runs” toward someone
  7. incur: a “running” into
  8. recourse: condition of “running” back for help
  9. succor: help which “runs” towards another
  10. concurrent: “running” together
  11. excursion: a “running” out to go somewhere
  12. cursor: a pointer which “runs” over a computer screen
  13. discourse: verbally “running” on and on about something


  • concurrent

    Concurrent events happen at the same time.

  • concur

    When you concur with another person, you agree with or have the same opinion as them.

  • currently

    Something that is currently happening is occurring right now.

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