June 12, 2011
- effervesce (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to bubble, hiss, and foam as gas escapes2 : to show liveliness or excitement
- How do you use it?
- Because of the bumpy car ride on the way to the picnic, the soda effervesced and spilled out as soon as Jared opened the can.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root word of "effervesce" means?The answer that bubbles to the top of this group is A. "Effervesce" combines the Latin prefix "ex-," which means "from" or "out of," with a form of the Latin verb "fervere," which means "to boil." If you've ever been sprayed by a cold carbonated drink, though, you know that whatever effervesces doesn't have to be boiling hot to bubble over. Some other English words that can also be traced back to "fervere" include "fervent," "fervid," and "fervor." A fervent or fervid person exhibits great fervor and can be thought of as bubbling over with warmth, feeling, or eagerness.