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Facil — Dif­fi­cult

The every­day Span­ish word facil, mean­ing “easy” is the ex­act op­po­site — lit­er­al­ly — of the Eng­lish, dif­fi­cult.

Both come from the latin facere, mean­ing, “to do” (hence the Span­ish hac­er and the Eng­lish fact, as well).

So, facil — easy — is lit­er­al­ly, do­ing! Do­ing is easy, we hope.

Dif­fi­cult is re­al­ly just de-facil : that is, not facil. Now that is easy, in­deed!

The con­nec­tion be­comes clear when we re­mem­ber the f‑c-l root in both words!


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