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Dis­fru­tarse and Fruit

The com­mon Span­ish word for “to en­joy”, dis­fru­tarse has an un­like­ly cousin: fruit.

Both come from the same root, the Latin fruc­tus mean­ing, “some­thing you en­joy.” We do en­joy fruit af­ter all — it is the clas­si­cal dessert.

In Eng­lish, we do have the re­mains of fruit in this sense in the oc­ca­sion­al phras­es, like, “the fruits of your la­bor.”

We can see the map­ping of both the Eng­lish and Span­ish to each oth­er in the f‑r-t root in both.


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