The Big Dig

The Big Dig offers a series of morphemes that come from words for animals in Latin, Greek, Old and Middle English as well as other languages. By putting the morphemes together in combinations of two you can create new words for new animals, which you can then describe. The idea here is to get a sense of how etymology works: understanding that individual pieces of words have a history and a provenance.

How it works

Screen shot of The Big Dig Game

You can play the offline version of The Big Dig (pdf).