Elegir (Spanish for “to choose”) comes from the Latin for the same, eligere.

From the Latin root eligere, we get the English… elect. We can see the e‑l-g map to the e‑l-ct clearly; the “g” and hard “ct” sounds do sound similar. To choose, to elect – ’tis the same!

More surprisingly, from the same root, we also get the English… elegant. We can see the e‑l-g mapping preserved here. Is not something elegant just something that the elites have chosen?