This week, we celebrate the tiny Proto-Indo-European word, *ar-. a word that meant to fit together.
Its progeny are legion.
*ar- gave us words that acknowledge the fitting together necessary for military action:
& the fitting together it takes to cease military action:
*ar- gave us words that acknowledge the fitting together that is art:
It gave us the names of critters that fit together:
And words that recognize other ways things might fit together:
Even words that suggest fitting together is simply the way of things:
And a word that may just be where all this fitting together started:
Did any of these fitting together words surprise you? If so, please say so in the comments section.
My thanks go out to this week’s sources: the Merriam Webster, OED, Collins Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary, & Etymonline.
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