“J” – Vocab-ability – A More Powerful Vocabulary (This post includes all entries beginning with the letter “J”)

in writing •  last year

This post comprises all the “J” entries of the Vocab-ability series. It includes many English words whose etymology can be traced to Greek and Latin roots.    

If you learn one root, you can learn, understand, and use each and every English word derived from that root. Vocab-ability is an easy-to use resource guide to help you understand those roots.    

In total, this Vocab-ability post features 6 entries that begin with the letter “J."

Free Use: 

Please feel free to download the following material, copy it, print it out and distribute it for any and all educational purposes. If it helps you or your students increase your English vocabulary, it will have served its purpose. And I will know that my efforts have proven beneficial. (Please see my additional comments and notes below the entries.)

 Vocab-ability–111 (ject, jact = throw)

 Vocab-ability–112 (join, junct = join, unite)

 Vocab-ability–113 (journ = day)

 Vocab-ability–114 (jur, jurat = swear, vow)

 Vocab-ability–115 (just, jur, judg = right, law)

 Vocab-ability–116 (juv, jun = young)

Note re Copyright / Free Use: 

I hold the copyright to the original Vocab-ability guide, which was published in 2002. I hereby grant free use to all the material contained in this post and all other Vocab-ability posts on Steemit.    

Note re Copying each Screenshot: 

Each separate entry (including those in this and other Vocab-ability posts) consists of one screenshot (since making screenshots was the only way I could properly format the individual entries for uploading to Steemit). To use these entries for your personal study or in any classroom, you can download any or all screenshots by clicking and dragging the screenshots that you want to use, and then print them out.   

Note re Passing on the Vocab-ability Links:  

Alternatively, you can simply pass on one or more of the following links to the Vocab-ability posts.

Vocab-ability – Introduction to Vocab-ability.

Vocab-ability – Guide to Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “A” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “B” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “C” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “D” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “E” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “F” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “G” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “H” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The Single “I” Entry.

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Wow - this is good for standardized test takers and people from other languages. We have many people with the need to learn English and the desire right here. I know some struggling esl types here and I will get them to come look. They need to find you.

Have you tried the steemiteducation tag with this?

Outstanding- I say this from the experience of my lofty college tutoring, textbook writing, and Master's Degree teaching days. You really have something here.

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Thanks for the comment / appreciation. I made this when I was teaching ESL in Japan to high-level students. (And even I learned a lot while compiling all this material.

Please pass on the links to any and all students you know that might benefit from it.

Hmmm, I just checked and found that there is no page at "https://steemit.com/education." So, yes, I guess I'll add the tag "steemiteducation."

Thanks! And extra thanks for that "Wow."

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@steemiteducation or @giantbear or @hanshotfirst have interest in these things.

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The tag is #steemiteducation. On the side, you may be like me and not too into trading but it may interest you to know that sbd is worth almost 6 usd (https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/steem-dollars/) currently. You can get much steem with that if you desire

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Thanks. I'm not into trading much, but I did transfer a bit of Steem to SP a while back. Simply for the benefits of having more SP, not to make any profits from the trading itself. I learned years ago that buy-and-hold is the safest and surest way to invest (after finding a lucrative investment, that is.)

And in fact, I did not even know that SBD was climbing in price. I have been following the price of Steem only, so it's good to know. Again, thanks.

AH! Following this thread, so educational and helpful to me- didn't know dejected.

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Great. Please keep following it, as you might find it interesting and educational. Since many of these roots come from Latin, they may be similar to Italian words. Doesn't "dejected" have a similar or related word in Italian?

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not that comes in my mind. However I studied ancient Latin and ancient Greek and I speak French, so English hasn't been that hard so far.

I cant still wrap my head around it, this must be some form of brilliant dictionary app right?

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Yes, kinda. Actually, it began as a vocabulary-learner's dictionary that I published way back in 2002. I'm now upgrading it and reformatting it, and uploading the entire content onto Steemit, in digestable posts.

It will take a few more months to upload it all, but I'm trying to speed up my reformatting work and the entire process.

Once the entire Vocab-ability reference guide is uploaded on this platform, I'm planning daily vocab exercises. I hope those will provide even further help to ESL students and even native English speakers who wish to improve their knowledge of English vocabulary.

Whether it's "brilliant" or not is up to the readers / students to decide.

For me, it's simply a labor of love.

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I think you should go even more in depth and do less per post with more commentary - or do themes aside from alphabetic along with it. Keep up with the full chapters for sure!!!! - but also do more frequent and shorter posts to get people using it. We all need better vocab skills, and that is no joke. I really love this!

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Yes, I intend to do shorter posts after uploading this entire series. In fact, I had started out with daily posts of each entry, but soon decided to abandon that strategy, and first upload the entire series. (Not sure if this way is more effective, but believe that it might be the best way.)

Anyway, I did some scheduling calculations today, and realized I have over a years worth of Vocab-ability and subsequent material to upload. So, I'm gonna try to speed it up a bit.

Hope you find it all interesting and educational. :-)

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A year! lol. Just turn into two people :)

This is just amazing. You have all kinds of directions this can go. Just keep posting in any format! The deeper detail might be better when the loyal learners show up as I am certain they will soon flood in.

I'm in SE Asia and connected to quite a few people here that I think will really like these posts. I promise you I am on this. I know my friends will really appreciate the help as they ask me for help with their phrasing and word choice at times. This is unbelievebly helpful.

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When you write "in depth" and then "deeper detail," I'm not clear on what you mean. Do you mean to say that I should explain the etymology? Or more examples?

The one thing I'd like to do after concluding this series is a series with daily exercises. Simple choose-the-correct-word for each sentence, but that could be quite effective for ESL students.

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Exercises would be awesome. I think you would want to get the engaged people here to lead you with their questions. I think you have enough of the etymology and want to got practical. "How to use this word in a blog post."

The idea that came to my mind, was just expanding on the concepts in any way. Examples, conversations, quirks. For example, an animal can be juvenile, but not junior.

Maybe pronunciation links, or related short videos. "Juvenile Whale Sharks" or anything you found.

I looked through a few of your replies to people and you sure have a knack for this. I know that so many people are shy about their English when they really do not need to be. It's nice to see you drawing them out.

Maybe try short series of 3-5 posts on a theme and see what sticks. This way you don't have too much invested. But I think you must have an unlimited amount of this material behind the scenes.

Getting back to steemiteducation:

This is both a tag and a steemer. People post to the tag and the lucky winners of the day get resteemed and get the big bucks after that. It's a good idea to go into the feed and see what got resteemed and see how you can fit in. Also - you need to resteem their announcement post before your post goes out for max visibility to them.

If you use the tag and don't get resteemed - you still get the visibility as others do search the tag, especially manual curators.

steemiteducation also suggests joining them on discord for better chance to be resteemed, but I don' chat so I can't really help there. If you do - it's to your benefit to get in with them.

There is another tag - steemstem that you might be able to post to if you can group some of this info into STEM themes. Huge money goes to some of those posts. I'm not a STEM person, so I have not looked at that too hard. But I think you could fit if you want to go that direction.

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Thanks for the great, informative reply. I was a bit confused about the identity of SteemEducation, so thanks too for clarifying that. It definitely seems like I should look into it and take advantage of it. I'll also check out SteemStem.

As for discord, I'm also not a chat person. A bit too "millenial" for me, and the few times I went on, I did not find it very helpful. Maybe it is for others, but I'm content to communicate by the main Steemit channel.

p.s. Just minutes ago, my upvote reached $2.00! Woohoo! In celebration, I'm passing that amount on to the first Steemian worthy of it. In gratitude and in hope of further success for all.

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Wow thats fantastic, when you are done. Please i will like to download it buddy.

Thank you for continuing with such an excellent rubric. Sorry I can't appreciate it as much as I do not know English well. But, I believe that your articles are very useful for true native speakers.

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Actually, it should be helpful to you, too. When I made the original text, I was teaching English to advanced-level students in Japan, and many of them found it helpful to learn advanced English vocab.

Here on Steemit, I've improved the layout and the formatting of the material, so it's even easier to read / study / learn.

From your comment, I'd say that your English is quite high level. So I'm sure you too can benefit from regularly perusing these posts. Best of luck in your studies!

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Thank you very much. But, this is not my level of English. This level of English google transleted. :)
But, thanks to Steemit and users like you, I significantly increased my knowledge.

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Yes, if you come onto Steemit every day, and just read many posts and comment on them (with the help of Goog Translate), then your English will improve very much, slowly but surely. And at your level, I believe your progress might be quite fast.

Good luck!

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You directly inspired me with confidence. Thank you very much.

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I worked for many years as a teacher. So, I always strive to "directly inspire students and friends with confidence."

Dont give up, and keep at it!

I feel like such a geek reading these. I love finding out the meaning of the roots in the words.

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Ya, but when you smoothly drop some of those words into your daily conversation, you might be able to impress some people. :-) Or at least express yourself more clearly.

I don't know how a "ject" goes from "throw" to "plan" in "project", does it come from "throwing everything at this one work."

But yeah... the meaning "throw" suits the word "Eject" completely!!


I was surprised when I saw "Journ" meant "Day" I always thought that it means something written, now I know where the words Dairy and Journal are used instead of each other.


I already guessed that Juv would mean young or something similar...


Finally I agree with @fitinfun, in that doing smaller posts with more commentary would help a lot... and I was very happy to see that you plan on doing that!!

Let's do the English Justice

Glad for your posts!! Will see "L" later... because it seems there's no K.

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"L" was posted yesterday. Review at your leisure.

As for "project," you raise an interesting point about how languages and words develop. To take "project" as an example ...

"pro" = forward
"ject" = throw

So, "project" of course means to "throw forward." That maybe changed over time to include the meaning of "thrust forward." And over many more years, it changed more, to mean "plan forward."

Eventually, people started to use "project" not only as a verb, but also as a noun. So, today, we have the noun "PROJECT." Its meaning is slightly different, and its pronunciation is different "PRO-ject" instead of "proo-JECT."

But the original root meaning "throw forward" still applies. It will always help people to learn and remember this word. And increase their VOCAB-ABILITY. :-)

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Now I really think you should add commentary to your posts... if this was in the post itself it would've been Curie worthy or better!!

Thanks for the explaination

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After the entire series of "alphabetical groupings" is finished and posted, I will begin posts of each individual entry. I might add notes on the etymology of each root.

wow what a great post for those who want to achieve some progress thanks for sharing

very helpful post @majes.tytyty

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Thanks, glad you like it, and I hope you find the other posts in the series helpful, too. More on the way.

Fitnfun is proud of your awesomeness and showing it off. Thank you for sharing freely. Stay awesome

wow you come again on vocabulary one i was missed it alot... thank you for sharing

much interesting and useful initiative.

Good post

Very nice post and very useful.

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good post like it..

Nice one...