|Flashcards: Latin Derivatives|
understood by very few; obscure
When someone says, "It doesn’t take a brain surgeon . . ." or "It doesn’t take a rocket scientist . . . ," he is expressing a popular belief that brain surgery and rocket science are arcane disciplines, beyond the comprehension of most mortals.
Latin root words: arcanus, arcana, arcanum - secret; hidden; arca, arcae, f. - place for safe-keeping; arcano (adv.) - secretly; arceo, arcere, arcui - enclose, shut in; protect, keep safe