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Igle­sia and Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal

Both Igle­sia (Span­ish for “church”) and Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal (al­so sim­i­lar Eng­lish words: think of the book of the Old Tes­ta­ment, Ec­cle­si­astes) come from the same root: the Latin Ec­clesĭa for “church”, which comes from the Greek ekkalein (“to call out”). Af­ter all, a preach­er does call out to God. That is his vo­ca­tion, what he pro­fess­es!

This pat­tern is not ob­vi­ous be­cause both the Span­ish i‑g-l‑s maps to the Eng­lish e‑c-l‑s. The I/E vow­el shift is­n’t par­tic­u­lar­ly com­mon while the g/c vow­el shift is more com­mon, but some­times hard­er to rec­og­nize.


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