Main Data Center Network is Down

by Micah on November 19, 2015

17:55 PT: Our main data center is presently offline. We are working with the data center to diagnose the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to be back up in some minutes.

18:23 PT: Network is back. Sorry about this. We’re working further on the root cause. We know that they replaced some routing hardware last night.

18:46 PT: We are expecting a 1-4 minute network hiccup in the next hour or so. We cannot control this since it’s considered an emergency repair. This is expected to be the last of the maintenance (which was unforeseen by us). This is all part of an effort to make the network more robust. We really appreciate your patience with us. We’re working hard on a semi-automatic failover system to virtually eliminate any substantial downtime for the duration of the school year. We have already done some failing over practice in the last month, and it’s getting smoothed out.

19:17 PT: We were just informed that the final repair is under way and we will be down for up to 10 minutes now.

19:26 PT: We’ve just been assured that all network hardware repairs are now complete, and that there should be no more impending outages or hiccups. We’re seeing a full load of diligent students back on their training. Thanks for sticking with it!

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Word origins of English vocabulary can help demystify the meanings of words, aid in remembering and learning them, and show illuminating connections between seemingly unrelated words.

Membean has recently released two new podcasts:

The Latin root word plex: “weave” and English prefix per-: “through” are now part of our archive of Greek and Latin root word podcasts.

Here are some questions that the podcasts will help clarify:

From plex: “weave”:

How can a puzzle can be “complex,” and how is that related to one’s “complexion”?

Just how big is a “googol,” not to mention a “googolplex“?

Why one might live in a “duplex” but might rather spend time in a “multiplex“.

From the English prefix per-: “through”:

How are the words permission and perspire related?

What’s the idea behind the seemingly unrelated words perforate, perish, and perfunctory?

What do the words perennial, perambulate, and perjury have to do with “through”?

Stay tuned for our next pair of Greek and Latin roots podcasts due to be released during the month of November.  To follow, just latch onto Twitter, and we’ll let you know when each new release comes out.




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Podcast: Latin Word Root Spect: See

by Brett on September 15, 2015

The Latin root word spect meaning “see” is now part of our archive of Greek and Latin root word podcasts.  Our newest podcast reveals:

Why a “spectator” might use “spectacles”

How something “inconspicuous” is etymologically linked with something “spectacular” and “speculative”

Which word Aretha Franklin uses that is derived from the Latin root word “spect”

A new “perspective” on the word “despicable”

If it is possible for “specters” to be “seen”

If you can “expect” an “inspector” to be “suspicious”

And more!  You have to “see” it to believe it!


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Membean’s Enhanced Word Roots Podcasts

September 4, 2015 Roots

If you’ve been a long-time listener to Membean’s word roots podcasts,  you will not only be delighted that our first new podcast is out for the academic year (Latin root word cred-believe), but you will also get to experience a special auditory treat: the voice of Doug Lain.  Doug has been writing and producing his […]

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Words with Multiple Roots: Agglutination

May 4, 2015 Roots

Although the vast majority of words have single roots, often with some affixes (prefixes and/or suffixes) attached to them, nevertheless there are some words that use multiple roots to convey their meaning. Let’s take a l0ok at several examples of words which use multiple roots in their shaping: emancipation:  this word begins with the prefix […]

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Adding Multiple Prefixes to a Root Word: Agglutination

March 7, 2015 Roots

Most words only add one prefix to their roots, or at the most two.  Here is a good example of how prefixes can alter the meanings of those words: venue: a place where an event is held.  Note that there are no prefixes that comprise this word.  Here is a podcast on the root word ven: “come”. […]

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When Prefixes Add Emphasis

February 1, 2015 Roots

Etymology is a huge help when it comes to figuring out the core meaning of a word.  This post will focus on how prefixes work, one of the primary morphemes that build English vocabulary words.  Prefixes are those parts of words that come before the root, altering or emphasizing a particular word’s meaning.  For instance: […]

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Membean Now Schedules Your Assessments

January 10, 2015 Roots

Scheduling assessments to recur on a regular basis is now a breeze to set up. You can choose a recurrence period that fits right in with your schedule, and we’ll autogenerate assessments for you throughout the year, or however long you want. It even has some smarts for common holidays, but be sure to delete […]

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Level 6 Has Arrived

January 10, 2015 Annoucements

If you have students who have already seen the upper echelons of our words (all words in Level 5), they can now encounter new words again with our just released Level 6.  It’s like cranking the volume to 11!  Maybe we should have called it L11, because some of the words are that challenging.  Nevertheless, they are still […]

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Grammar Made Easy: Word Origin of the Direct Object

January 2, 2015 Roots

English grammar is filled with confusing terms.  None are probably as misunderstood or hard to grasp as functions of nouns, which tend to be abstract.  It is enlightening to learn the etymology behind grammatical terms, the ideas of which are very simple.  Learning why a word was made in the first place can often demystify that […]

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