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Huésped and Hos­pitable

Huésped, the com­mon Span­ish word for “guest,” has an Eng­lish cousin: hos­pitable. This might not be ob­vi­ous at first since the ‑o- morphs to the ‑ue- and thus changes the sound com­plete­ly but both come from the Latin hos­pes which means the same. We can see the map­ping of h‑s-p clear­ly in both.

In the same fam­i­ly is hos­pi­tal. Yes, pa­tients in a hos­pi­tal are just guests, as though it’s a ho­tel!


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