Bob Smith (Wordsmith)

Bob Smith hosted the American TV show Wordsmith, a show that taught viewers various meanings of words and their roots, called word cells. He wore glasses, and on occasion wore an item of clothing relating to the word cell. Many students at school still watch this TV program today (on videotape).

Wordsmith television show

During the introduction, different related word cells appear while pictures of an example of the word root is displayed in the background. After the introduction, Bob Smith takes a sphere that shows a word cell on the west hemisphere from the eye shaped rack, which he then opens up. The definition of the word cell is displayed on the inside. Bob Smith later proceeds to explain the word cell. The word cell can originate from many languages, including Greek, Latin, French, or just native English. After the explanation is finished, he drops the sphere down the tube connected to the i-shaped rack, and the show plays a sound. Students usually take notes on the word cells.

Interesting words shown

  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis- According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "a factitious word alleged to mean 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust usually found in volcanos'".
  • Sesquipedalian-A word that means "one and a half foot long word."
  • amorphous- Something with no definite shapes.
  • Hydrophobia- Fear of water.
  • Ophthalmologist- a medical doctor who takes care of eye diseases and performs surgery one the eye.
  • Epidermis- The outer skin
  • Autocracy- A country ruled by a dictator.
  • Tintinnabulation- A word invented by Edgar Allan Poe, which means "the sound of ringing bells"
  • monolith- a huge boulder
  • regalia- clothing that a ruler wears
  • googol- 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Examples of word cells

  • Geo- earth
  • Hydro- water
  • Epi- outer
  • Auto- self
  • derm- skin
  • dent- teeth
  • opt- eye
  • lith- stone

There are also tests that go with vocabulary to reinforce memory.

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