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De­sayuno, Ayuno and Break­fast, Fast

This is one of my all-time fa­vorite Span­ish-Eng­lish par­al­lel et­y­molo­gies.

The Span­ish word de­sayuno, mean­ing break­fast, comes from the pre­fix des- mean­ing not- and ayuno, mean­ing fast (in the sense of a re­li­gious fast, dur­ing which you don’t eat). Thus, lit­er­al­ly de­sayuno (break­fast) is “the break — fast”!


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