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It’s time to consider the relative importance of the Latin word root lat which means to ‘carry.’ Two common English words that come from this root include relationship and legislate. Perhaps you can most relate to this root word, or ‘carry’ yourself back to it, with the word relate itself.

Carry That Lat(te) over Here!

Today I’ll be discussing the relative importance of the Latin word root lat, which means to ‘carry.’

The relationship that you develop with another person is how you ‘carry’ back and forth your interactions with him or her. Is it one of love? One of dislike? Or a mixture of both?

Speaking of relationships, you have learned in biology class that your relatives are those who are genetically ‘carried’ back to you. In turn, the relative importance of something is how strongly its influence is ‘carried’ back. When you hear your relatives relating stories to you, they are ‘carrying’ them back for your hopeful enjoyment.

When you collate papers, you ‘carry’ them together for purposes of organization. For instance, you might have to organize a recent translation, or the ‘carrying’ across of words from one language into another, that you have recently completed.

You might be elated, or ‘carried’ out of your normal emotional state to one of jubilation, by doing a great job on a project. Such a superlative job would have ‘carried’ that work over and above normal, everyday efforts.

Just what do legislators do? Yep, you guessed it, they ‘carry’ laws into our society.

A lesser known word that contains the root word lat is ablation, which refers to the ‘carrying’ away of something. Ablation can either be the slow erosion or ‘carrying’ away of parts of a glacier, or it can refer to a surgical procedure in which undesirable parts of the body are ‘carried’ away by cutting them out.

So as not to make you late for your latte, I shall relate no more about lat, lest this turn out to be as long as the commentary on Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, ‘carrying’ you too far away from present concerns!

  1. relative: one ‘carried’ back to you
  2. relate: ‘carry’ back
  3. collate: ‘carry’ together
  4. legislate: ‘carry’ laws to creation
  5. translate: ‘carry’ across from one language to another
  6. elated: ‘carried’ out of a normal emotional state
  7. superlative: ‘carried’ over and above


  • ablation

    The process of ablation is the removal of diseased organs or harmful substances from the body, often through surgical procedure.

  • dilatory

    Someone or something that is dilatory is slow and causes delay.

  • collate

    When you collate pieces of information, you gather them all together and arrange them in some sensible order in order to examine and compare those data efficiently.

  • correlate

    When you correlate two things, you compare, associate, or equate them together in some way.

  • superlative

    Something that is superlative, such as an act or deed, is excellent, outstanding, or simply the best.

  • legislation

    Legislation can either be a law or the act of making laws.

  • elated

    When you become elated about something, you become very happy, overjoyed, or extremely delighted.

  • relation

    A relation is a link of some kind between two things or people.

  • relate

    When you relate two things, you show how they are linked to or like one another.

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