English root word -cur

The root -cur comes from Latin verb currere which means "to run". It has many variations in different countries and history, for example, the courre is a medieval from Old French. The Latin word cursor means "runner".

incur: in(into) + cur, run into, usually run into a bad situation, causes troubles

The things you incur usually are bad things: risk, debt, cost, fine, expenses, wrath, etc. The reason is because you did something bad and wrong, and you have to deal with it.

The wisdom of the word is that ancient people trying to tell us don't get into a situation by running. If you do things with out much thinking about the prerequisites and outcomes and do it in a hurry, that is, running, you will get in trouble. Just like what people did when they want to get rich quick, they do silly things, they incur troubles. Another word curse has the same origin, if you incur bad things, you will be cursed.

The takeaway is get slow and be patient when do anything, do your homework before doing things, fully think about the problems and act wisely step by step.

  • 1. A financial debt incurs interest payments.
  • 2. Getting targeted traffic without incurring penalties.

excursion: ex(out) + cur + sion, run out

The excursion means a short journey, that is, go out.

  • 1. We want you to enjoy your excursion to Kings Park.
  • 2. Holiday excursions.

occur: oc(-ob, against, toward) + cur, run towards

Run towards, that is, run to meet, means appears, happens, but unexpected, because the way it appears or happens is by running. As you can feel from the incur, something happens by running usually are no expected, they happens by accident, you didn't think much about them before the appear.

  • 1. Write down your ideas when they occur.
  • 2. The natural disaster occurred, insured homes will be covered for the event.