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Taxes taxing?

For many Americans, April 16th is a day to celebrate. Income tax returns are due on the 15th, and they can be a source of great stress for many people. The modern word tax comes from the Anglo-French of the early 14th century meaning "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government."  This is in turn from the Old French taxe, and from the Medieval Latin taxa, directly from Latin taxare.


To tax , meaning "to burden, put a strain on", first appeared in the 14th century. A taxing activity is one that puts a strain or burden on you, like filing your taxes!


Morpheme of the week:  The prefix OVER

Enjoy this brief student video from WordBuild Foundations Level 1.

The prefix OVER
The prefix OVER

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