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Cara and Cheer

The Span­ish cara (“head”) comes from the same Latin word (cara), al­so mean­ing the same, “head.”

From that Latin, we get the Eng­lish cheer (via French’s chere). Thus, the ch‑r of cheer maps to the c‑r of cara.

A face — af­ter all — is the most hu­man in­stead to make us thank­ful (to cheers a toast!) for life. And most faces fill us with enough hap­pi­ness to make us cheer­ful!


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