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What does the word inspire have to do with air? Kevin Hall created an interesting etymological work entitled Aspire!: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words. As the title and many references within the book point out, many words based on the root SPIR have their origins in the air, essence or breathing. In fact one of the words addressed is the word inspire and many reviewers have used that one to describe the book itself.
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It bears some semantic similarities to the Latin and Greek roots that sprouted "animation" and "psychology", but the etymology doesn't quite work: Spirit, from spiritus in Latin, means "breath" as well as "soul" or "courage". Peis (or speis) comes from Indo-European roots and refers to rushing air, breathing. I'll dig a little deeper.
The word "inspire" comes from the Latin word inspirare, which means "to breath into" or "to infuse." The prefix "in-" means "into," and "spirare" means "to breathe." The term originally referred to the idea that the divine breathed inspiration into humans. As part of the English language, it was expanded to mean being mentally stimulated or motivated.
The word was spelled inspirer in Old French, and entered the English language in the 14th century as "inspire." Over time, the spelling and pronunciation changed to "inspire." Today, the word "inspire" refers to a feeling of motivation or creativity, as well as the act of motivating or encouraging someone. You can also inhale air or take in a substance when you're inspired by a scent or taste.
Here are some highlights from the long list of ways to use the word "inspire":
- Inspiration: This is the noun form of "inspire" and means to be mentally stimulated to do or feel something, or the thing that stimulates us. An artist's painting was inspired by the beautiful scenery.
- The past tense and past participle of inspire describe something that has been motivated or influenced by inspiration. "The speech was so inspiring that the audience felt inspired."
- This is the present participle form of "inspire" and describes something that's inspiring right now. Students are inspired by the teacher's passion for science.
- The word inspirational describes something that inspires or motivates. "The motivational speaker gave the audience an inspirational message."
- It's an adverb that describes something done inspiringly. In spite of her injury, the athlete performed inspirationally.
- Motivate or encourage someone to do something: This is a common usage of the verb "inspire." "The coach inspired the team to give it their all."
- Inspire yourself: This means to feel motivated or influenced by something. A poem was inspired by the beauty of nature, for example.
The other pages on this website talk about air pollution, weather, and related stuff. Here's the list.
|Acrospire||New seedling protruding from a seed|
|Antiperspirant||Consumer product to reduce sweating in underarms|
|Ardent Spirits||Concentrated alcohol mixture|
|Artificial Respiration||Forcing air into somebody's lungs to prolong life|
|Aspirate||Moving air, or the sound produced by moving air|
|Aspirate Mutation||Altering pronounciation of specific consonant sounds|
|Aspiration||Supply of air|
|Aspire||To determine and pursue your dream job|
|Aspirin||Brand name of acetylsalicylic acid|
|Awe-Inspiring||Incredible, evoking strong emotion|
|Broach Spire||Conical spire with a square base and octagonal cross section near the tip|
|Conspiracy||Plan (often evil) involving two or more persons, Breathing together|
|Conspiracy Theory||Belief that evil plan exists|
|Conspiration||Plan (often unlawful) involving two or more persons|
|Conspirator||Organized crime participant|
|Conspire||To work with someone and create a manipulative force|
|Expire||To die, come to an end|
|High Spirited||Enthusiastic, bold|
|Holy Spirit||One of the three parts of the Christian Holy Trinity|
|Hot-Spirited||Possessing a touchy temper|
|In Spirit||In mood, in essence, in meaning|
|Inspiration||Breathing air, stimulating|
|Inspiration||Receiving divine information|
|Inspire||The word inspire means to move air|
|Inspire||The word inspire also means to communicate with a spirit|
|Kindrid Spirit||True companion|
|Leptospirosis||Bacterial disease obtained from animals|
|Methylated Spirit||Denatured ethynol, diluted with methanol|
|Negro Spiritual||Acapella African-American Christian music|
|Perspiration||Emissions released through skin|
|Perspire||Sweat, release emissions through a membrane|
|Philatelically Inspired||Describes collectors' items available from the Post Office|
|Photorespiration||Absorption of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide, associated with rubisco|
|Preaspiration||Airy sound used in some languages|
|Pyroacetic Spirit||Acetone, CH2-CO-CH2|
|Rectified Spirit||Everclear, nearly pure ethanol|
|Respiration||Breathing, exchanging gases by lungs, gills or other means|
|Respiratory||Denotes mechanism used for breathing|
|Respiratory Pigment||Iron or other metal-based molecule that absorbs oxygen|
|Respiratory Tract||Anatomical mechanism used for breathing|
|Respirometer||Instrument for measuring rate of breathing|
|SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome||Epidemic respiratory disease which made daily headlines in 2003|
|Spiracle||Breathing hole in some organisms|
|Spiral||A curve that goes around a center point, or a centre-line in the case of a helix|
|Spiral Pass||A method of simultaneously throwing and spinning a football|
|Spiral Staircase||Fancy helical stairway|
|Spirant||Airy sound used in many languages|
|Spire||Blade of grass|
|Spire||Sharp pointy part of roof (usually on a church)|
|Spirillum||Spiral shaped bacteria|
|Spirit||Supernatural, essence or being|
|Spirit||State of mind, mood|
|Spirit Away||To steal|
|Spirit Lamp||Alcohol-burning light|
|Spirit Level||Construction level with a bubble of air in an alcohol-filled chamber|
|Spirit of Wine||Aqua vitae, water of life, concentrated or distilled wine,|
|Spirit, Ardent||Concentrated alcohol mixture|
|Spirited||Enthusiastic or elated|
|Spirits||Concentrated alcohol-containing beverage|
|Spiritual||Describes works of art dealing with the soul, Christianity or the supernatural,|
|Spiritual Desertion||Leaving one's own church and faith|
|Spiritual Leader||Reverend, pastor or other religious leader|
|Spiritual World||The great beyond, afterlife, hereafter, plane of existance|
|Spiritualism||Belief in an afterlife or that we can communicate with the dead|
|Spirituality||Going beyond material life and possessions|
|Spiro Compound||Molecule with two organic rings connected by a single atom|
|Spirochete||Helical "gram-negative" bacteria|
|Spirograph||Brand name of toy capable of drawing spirals|
|Spirograph, spirometer||Instruments for measuring rate of breathing|
|Spyro Grya||1970's jazz-pop-fusion crossover band|
|Transpire||To evaporate or perspire|
|Transpire||To occur (informal)|
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