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Haber and Habit, Pro­hib­it

Haber (“to have”, in the gram­mat­i­cal sense, and the root form of he, has, ha, he­mos, etc) comes from the Latin for habere, mean­ing “to hold.”

From the same root, we get the Eng­lish word habit. What is a habit if not some­thing you hold so dear that you do it all the time? We al­so get pro­hib­it (the same root with the pre­fix pro mean­ing “away”). What is a pro­hi­bi­tion if not a habit that you’re try­ing to stop?

The h‑b root is so ob­vi­ous in all, it’s al­most not worth men­tion­ing. Al­most!


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