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Batir, Bati­do and Bat­tery, Bat­ter

Batir (Span­ish mean­ing, “to beat”) and its very com­mon de­riv­a­tive, bati­do (mean­ing “milk­shake” — you beat the in­gre­di­ents to­geth­er af­ter all!) both come from the Latin battuere mean­ing the same, “to beat.”

From that same Latin root we get the Eng­lish bat­tery — think of the phrase, as­sault and bat­tery! (Over time, the mean­ing shift­ed from beat­ing, to ar­tillery — that which beats the en­e­my to the ground, lit­er­al­ly! — and then from there, to the elec­tric pow­er that pow­ers the ar­tillery, and from there, our more com­mon mod­ern de­f­i­n­i­tion of the word.) And bat­ter, like the mix­ture you make while cook­ing — that’s you beat­ing the eggs to­geth­er, right?

The b‑t root is vis­i­ble in all these words.


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