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Afi­nar and Re­fine

Afi­nar, mean­ing “to tune” — as in, you tune your gui­tar — comes from the Latin fi­nis, mean­ing, “bor­der”: tun­ing a gui­tar is re­al­ly find­ing the ex­act bor­der be­tween this note and the oth­er one.

From the same Latin root fi­nis, we get Eng­lish words such as fine, re­fine (re­mem­ber the re- pre­fix is just an in­ten­si­fi­er), as well as the Eng­lish fin­ish.

Tun­ing your gui­tar, in oth­er words, as re­al­ly an act of re­fin­ing the souds.

The f‑n root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all.


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