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Dar and Man­date, Tra­di­tion

The com­mon Span­ish word dar (“to give”) comes from the Latin for the same, dare.

From the Latin root, we get the Eng­lish… man­date (“to give with your hand” — thus re­lat­ed to mano as well): what is a man­date if not a writ­ten or­der to give to some­one? The best man­dates are when you de­liv­er them your­self any­way, not through in­ter­me­di­aries. The dare con­nec­tion ex­plains where the ‑d- af­ter the hand comes from!

An­oth­er Eng­lish word from the same root: tra­di­tion. That word comes from the Latin tradere, lit­er­al­ly, “to hand over” — the tra- is the same trans- root (“over”), while the dere is the same “give.” In to­day’s way of walk­ing, we’d say that tra­di­tion is what is hand­ed down to us: it is what is giv­en to us. Lit­er­al­ly. ANd you can see the ‑d- in the word from dare as well clear­ly!


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