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Ele­gir and Elect, El­e­gant

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?


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