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Dere­cho and Di­rect

Derecho direct spanish english

The law and the good, in Eu­ro­pean lan­guages, are as­so­ci­at­ed with straight lines; the bad with the crooked. Think about the word crooked it­self, lit­er­al­ly! Or about right/rec­tan­gle, or the Greek or­tho- for straight, hence, or­tho­dox as well as or­tho­don­tics.

This is why it makes sense that Dere­choSpan­ish for straight and al­so for law — comes from the same Latin root that gives us di­rect.

The “ct” in the orig­i­nal di­rect turned in­to a “ch” in Span­ish, in the usu­al pat­tern of “ct” turn­ing in­to “ch” as Latin grew in­to Span­ish.


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