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Hom­bre and Ad Hominem, Ho­minid

Hom­bre, Span­ish for “man”, comes from the Latin for the same, ho­minid. From the same root, we get the Eng­lish ho­minid and the clas­sic ad hominem at­tack.

Here’s the in­ter­est­ing part: the m‑n sound in Latin con­sis­tent­ly changed in­to the ‑mbr- sound in Span­ish. Thus, we have par­al­lels like nom­bre and nom­i­nal. And hom­bre maps ex­act­ly to this pat­tern with both ad hominem and ho­minid.


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