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Es­treme­cer and Tremor

The Span­ish es­treme­cer (“to shake”) comes from the Latin pre­fix ex- (which more com­mon­ly means “out of”, but can al­so add em­pha­sis, as in “thor­ough­ly”), with the Latin verb tremere which means the same: “to shake”.

From the same Latin root, we get the Eng­lish… tremors. That is when the earth shakes, af­ter all?

We can see the tr‑m root clear­ly in both the Span­ish and Eng­lish words. But it’s easy to miss be­cause of the mis­lead­ing es pre­fix!


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