Family Word Snacks: Myrmidon & Nemesis


Who can deny the adventure, the fervor, the fantastic journey of Greek mythology? Well, today’s words are dipped in its classic magic. Enjoy!


Myrmidon: [mur-mi-don, -dn] (n) 1. (in Greek myth – uppercase) one of a race of people whom Zeus made from a nest of ants. They settled in Thessaly and were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. 2. (lowercase) a loyal follower who obeys orders without questions or scruples; a henchmen

in a sentence: Teaching children to be masterminds and not myrmidons is great . . . for when they’re all grown up (and frustrating while raising them).


nemesis: [nem-uh-sis], plural nem·e·ses [nem-uh-seez] (n) a powerful, frightening enemy who usually wins

in a sentence: (spoiler alert!) In the beginning, Maleficent and the future king were friends; but when he betrayed her, she became his nemesis and vowed revenge!

FUN FACT (for parents): The Greek goddess Nemesis doled out rewards for noble acts and vengeance for evil ones. The Greeks believed that Nemesis did not always punish an offender right away, but might wait as much as five generations to avenge a crime. But whenever she worked, her cause was always just and her victory sure. (Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder, 1998)

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-Elle C.

Cornog, M. 1998. Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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