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Apos­tar — Po­si­tion, Posit

Apos­tar, Span­ish for “to bet”, sounds noth­ing like bet or any re­lat­ed Eng­lish word.

But it turns out to be a close cousin of Posit and Po­si­tion: Bet­ting is in­deed just an ex­treme form of putting forth a po­si­tion or posit­ing some­thing — lit­er­al­ly putting your mon­ey where your mouth is.

All come from the same Latin, po­si­tionem, which come from the Latin root verb ponere (“to put”)  from which we al­so get the Span­ish for the same, pon­er.

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