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Abrir and Aper­ture

The com­mon Span­ish abrir, for “open”, comes from the Latin for the same, ape­rio.

From the same root — in an “ah­h­hh!” mo­ment — is the Eng­lish, aper­ture, the open­ing of the cam­era. The sort of word you learn if you ever try to fig­ure out how to use an ana­log cam­era!

The a‑b of abrir maps to the a‑p of aper­ture, with the “b” and “p” be­ing of­ten and eas­iliy ex­changed.


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