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Col­gar and Col­lo­cate

Col­gar (Span­ish for, “to hang”) comes from the Latin col­lo­care — from which, un­sur­pris­ing­ly, we get the Eng­lish, col­lo­cate. We can see the c‑l-g map­ping in col­gar to the c‑l-c root in the Eng­lish and the orig­i­nal Latin. Hang­ing is re­al­ly just a form of lo­cat­ing it!

Col­lo­care it­self comes from the pre­fix com- (“with”; like the Span­ish con-) plus the root lo­care, “to place.” Thus, the word is a cousin of lu­gar (Span­ish for “place”) and its Eng­lish cousin… lo­cate. Yes, we see the l‑g map to the l‑c, too. An­oth­er ex­am­ple of the c/g swap that we al­so see in col­gar and col­lo­cate.


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