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Word Family Friday: Trans-

Teaser: through, avatar, trans-, nectar Proto-Indo-European <*terh₂->, <*treh₂->: “to cross over, pass through, overcome” -> Celtic <*ter> –> Irish <thar>: “over, by, past, through, beyond” -> Indo-Iranian –> Sanskrit <तरति> (tarati): “pass over, float, swim* —> Hindi <तैराना> (tairānā): “to … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Queer

Teaser: torque, torch, queer Proto-Indo-European <*terkʷ->: “to turn” -> Anatolian –> Hittite <𒋻𒆪𒉿𒀭𒍣> (tarkuwanzi): “to perform a round dance, to dance in twisting manner” -> Indo-Iranian –> Sanskrit <तर्कु> (tarku): “spindle” -> Italic –> Latin <torqueō>: “twist, spin, torment” —> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Two

Teaser: two, twin, binary, duet, icosahedron Proto-Indo-European <*dwóh₁>: “two” -> Proto-Indo-European <*dwi->: “two (prefix)” –> Ancient Greek <δι-> (di-): “two, twice (prefix)” —> Many descendants as technical Greek borrowings –> Latin <bi->: “two parts, twice (prefix)” —> Many descendants as … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Thread

Teaser: thread, thresh, triage, tribade Proto-Indo-European <*terh₁>: “to rub, turn” -> Balto-Slavic –> Slavic <*tèrti>: “to rub” —> Russian <тере́ть> (terétʹ): “rub, polish, grind” -> Germanic <*þrēaną>: “twist, turn” –> English <throw> –> Dutch <draaien>: “turn, play a record or … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Fabric + Bonus Family: Silk

Teaser: fabric, forge, Dobro, daft Bonus family below: 絲, silk Proto-Indo-European <*dʰabʰ->: “fit together, fitting, make” -> Armenian <դարբին> (darbin): “blacksmith” -> Germanic <*dabaną>: “to fit, to be fitting” –> Icelandic <dafna>: “thrive” –> Germanic <*daftuz>: “appropriate, convenient, apt” —> … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Cloth

Teaser: cloth, cloud, gluten, and a town in Croatia Proto-Indo-European <*gəl->?: “ball up, amass” -> Latin <globus>: “round, sphere, globe, glob, group” –> French <globe>: “globe” —> English <globe> –> Vulgar Latin <globellus> —> Spanish <ovillar>: “roll into a ball” … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Textile

Beginning of May theme of textiles. This is a big one. English highlights: text, texture, textile, toilet, subtle, technology, architect, dachshund, Tesla Proto-Indo-European <*teḱs->: “weave, braid, add, establish, construct” -> Latin <texere>: “to weave” –> French <tisser>: “to weave, plait” … Continue reading

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US Presidential Election Data PCA

Finally have a good visualization of my election data. Confirmed hypothesis: The biggest split in clustering states by politics is between the Confederacy and Everyone Else.

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Word Family Friday: Sun

Proto-Indo-European <*sóh₂wl̥>: “sun” -> Balto-Slavic <*saul>: “sun” –> Lithuanian <sáulė>: “sun” –> Slavic <*sъlnьce>: “sun” —> Russian <со́лнце> (sólnce): “sun” —> Polish <słońce>: “sun” -> Celtic <*sāwol> –> Brythonic <heol> —> Welsh <haul>: “sun” —> Cornish <howl>: “sun” –> Old … Continue reading

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Word Family Friday: Light

Proto-Indo-European <*lewk->: “shine, see” -> Proto-Indo-European <*lewk-to-s> –>Germanc <*leuhtą>: “light” —> English <light>, Scots <licht> —> German <Licht>: “light, candle” —-> Yiddish <ליכט> (likht) : “candle” —> Old Norse, Icelandic <ljós>, Norwegian <ljos>, Swedish <ljus>, etc.: “light” —-> Old Norse … Continue reading

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