<TED Worksheet (Free)>
51. Why is there a “b” in doubt?
Gina Cooke
<3:15>   December 2012

 

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<Key Vocabulary>

Write the meaning(s) of each word. Write an example sentence (example sentences) if you need.

(1) folk

(2) in spite of

(3) aspect

(4) waver

(5) hesitate

(6) uncertainty

(7) confusion

(8) scribe

(9) reinsert

(10) anyone in their right mind

(11) literate

(12) subsequently

(13) sophisticated

(14) sophisticated

(15) reveal

(16) double-take




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<Questions>

  1.  People often think the spelling of the word “doubt” is a little crazy. Why?

 

 

  1.  In English, sound is never the most important aspect of spelling words. What are the two factors that are considered the most important?

     (1)                                  

     (2)                                 

 

  1. Which of the following is not a meaning of the word “doubt?”  

a.  to question

b.  to surprise

c.  to hesitate

d.  to waver

 

  1.  The following section describes the history of the word “doubt.” Fill in the blanks.
  • It started as a (1)                    word

     “dubitare,” and it moved

     into (2)                     , where

     it lost both its “buh”

     sound and its letter “b.”  

 

  • It came into English in

     the (3)                th century,

     and 100 years later,

     scribes who wrote English

     but also knew Latin,

     started to reinsert

     the “b” into the word’s

     spelling. Why?

      → Because the scribes

           knew that the root of

          “doubt” had “b” in it.  

 

  • The (4)                  was kept because

      it has important and meaningful 

      connections to other related words.

      (e.g.) dubious / indubitably

 

  • Understanding these historical

       connections also helpsus

       understand the meaning of more

      (5)                           words.

 

  1.  In English, there is only one more base word that has the letters “d-o-u-b”? What is it? How is its meaning reflected in understanding the word “doubt?”

      Word:                          

      How is its meaning reflected? :

                                                                

 

  1. Before English began to borrow words from French, there was a word for doubt. Which one was it?

a.  doubigan

b.  gansecond

c.  tweogan

d.  secogantwe




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<Answers>

  1.  People often think the spelling of the word “doubt” is a little crazy. Why?

Because of the letter “b.” (Because there is a silent “b” in there.)

 

  1.  In English, sound is never the most important aspect of spelling words. What are the two factors that are considered the most important?

    (1)   meaning   

    (2)  history      

 

  1. Which of the following is not a meaning of the word “doubt?”  

a.  to question

b.  to surprise

c.  to hesitate

d.  to waver

 

  1.  The following section describes the history of the word “doubt.” Fill in the blanks.
  • It started as a (1)  Latin    word

     “dubitare,” and it moved

     into (2)  French   , where

     it lost both its “buh”

     sound and its letter “b.”  

 

  • It came into English in

     the (3) 13    th century,

     and 100 years later,

     scribes who wrote English

     but also knew Latin,

     started to reinsert

     the “b” into the word’s

     spelling. Why?

      → Because the scribes

           knew that the root of

          “doubt” had “b” in it.  

 

  • The (4)   “b”     was kept because

      it has important and meaningful 

      connections to other related words.

      (e.g.) dubious / indubitably

 

  • Understanding these historical

       connections also helpsus

       understand the meaning of more

      (5)   sophisticated     words.

 

  1.  In English, there is only one more base word that has the letters “d-o-u-b”? What is it? How is its meaning reflected in understanding the word “doubt?”

      Word:  double  

      How is its meaning reflected? :

       Doubting means behaving two minds 

 

  1. Before English began to borrow words from French, there was a word for doubt. Which one was it?

a.  doubigan

b.  gansecond

c.  tweogan

d.  secogantwe
 

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