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Guardar — Ward

The Span­ish Guardar, mean­ing “to watch over or care for”, and the sim­i­lar Guardia (the ER! Emer­gency Room) are both cousins of the Eng­lish ward and war­den. Huh?

Both come from the same Pro­to-In­do-Eu­ro­pean root, *war­do, al­so mean­ing “to take care of”.

But, as Latin turned in­to Span­ish, the ini­tial W- sound turned in­to a G- sound but re­mained the same in Eng­lish.

There­fore, the Latin-ish G‑R-D maps to the Ger­man­ic W‑R-D. Ah­h­hh!

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