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Asunto and Assumption

Asunto (Spanish for “subject,” in the sense of, “theme”) come from the Latin for the same, assumptus (“taken”) — from which we get the almost identical English, assume.

Interestingly, assumption originally had a fully religious connotation, something we often forget or I sometimes vaguely remember today: you’re received into heaven. An assumption, in its modern sense, is really just a religious belief actually!

The Latin root assumptus itself comes from ad– (“up, to”) and sumere (“to take”) — so when you assume, you’re really “taking it up”!

The a-s-t of asunto maps clearly to the a-ss-(m)-t of assumption.


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