11yo english test paper - derivation

(5 Posts)
lilypig Sun 21-Apr-13 13:41:06

Please help I'm stumped on the English homework, as is my DH. My daughter has been asked to explain the derivation of several words sumo, spotlight and motel. Having googled it we are totally baffled confused confused

NotTreadingGrapes Sun 21-Apr-13 13:47:24

Sumo has a foreign derivation, spotlight is a compound noun and motel is an ellision of motor + hotel. Three different derivations.

NotTreadingGrapes Sun 21-Apr-13 13:48:29

Don't know if that is what the teacher is after mind you!

lilypig Sun 21-Apr-13 23:08:47

Thanks for your help, my daughter seems a little confused still. She is going to speak to her teacher, hopefully she'll be able to explain it better than me.

Vietnammark Sun 28-Apr-13 14:00:46

This site is pretty good for this sort of thing: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=sumo

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