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Alrede­dor and Round

The Span­ish for “around”, alrede­dor”, comes from the same root as the Eng­lish “round”: both come from the Latin ro­ta, mean­ing, “wheel.”

The Span­ish is a bit less ob­vi­ous be­cause of its al- pre­fix — which was orig­i­nal­ly a sep­a­rate word, orig­i­nal­ly, “al rede­dor.” Thus, the r-(n)-d of round maps to the (al)-r‑d of alrede­dor.


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