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Agu­ja, Agu­jero and Acu­ity, Acrid

Agu­ja (Span­ish for “nee­dle”) and the sim­i­lar Agu­jero (“hole”) both come from the Latin acus, al­so “nee­dle.”

From the same Latin root, via Latin, we get the Eng­lish acu­ity. Be­ing sharp with your wit and ob­ser­va­tions is just an­oth­er form of be­ing sharp!

An­oth­er de­scen­dent (just slight­ly more dis­tant!) is acrid — be­cause that which is bit­ter is re­al­ly sharp on the tongue.

The a‑c root in Eng­lish maps to the a‑g root in Span­ish. The c- and g- trans­for­ma­tion is a very com­mon one too; both sounds are very sim­i­lar!


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