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Hue­so and Oys­ter

Hue­so (Span­ish for “bone”) comes from the Latin for the same, os. The con­nec­tion is par­tic­u­lar­ly easy to see when we re­mem­ber that the H- is per­fect­ly silent in Span­ish.

From the same root we get the Eng­lish os­si­fy — lit­er­al­ly, to turn in­to bone! — but, con­sid­er­ing about 4 peo­ple know this word, it is easy to re­mem­ber hue­so if we con­nect it to an­oth­er word it is re­lat­ed to, al­beit more dis­tant­ly: oys­ter.

Oys­ter comes from the Latin for the same, Os­treum, which it­self comes from the Latin word os, “bone.” What is an oys­ter de­fined by, if not, its hard, bony shell?

The o‑s root is clear­ly vis­i­ble in all vari­a­tions!


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