Hi! My name is Tara and I am 16 years old. I started this blog to not only share my love of words with others, but also try to teach people where words in the English language come from. Getting to the root of words is a great way to explore the English language.
English borrows words from Latin, Ancient Greek, French, German and many other languages. Over half of the words in the English language come from Latin and Greek so knowledge of these two languages is helpful in understanding English words. I have studied Latin for 7 years and Ancient Greek for 2 years. I also study Spanish.
My love of words led me all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. These experiences have inspired me to discover and learn more words.
In 2018, I founded the Bluegrass Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving English language literacy among the youth of Kentucky. For more information, visit bluegrassliteracyproject.org.
In 2020, I founded Girls Driving Change, an international online platform dedicated to helping girls and young women create social change. For more information, click here.
Three words that best describe me are: bibliophile (love to read), linguaphile (lover of languages and words) and chocaholic (addicted to dark chocolate),
When I am not exploring words, I like to play video games with my family, cuddle with my dog, and practice archery.