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Cos­til­la and Coast, Ac­cost

Cos­til­la, Span­ish for “rib,” is a close cousin of the Eng­lish coast and ac­cost. All come from the same Latin root, cos­ta, mean­ing, “side.”

Thus, your rib is lit­er­al­ly, “what which is on your side” and to ac­cost is lit­er­al­ly, “to come up to you from the side” and, of course, the coast is the de­f­i­n­i­tion of the side, your side bound­ary.

The c‑s-t root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all de­scen­dents of cos­ta.


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