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Jaula and Jail

Jaula, Span­ish for “cage”, does­n’t feel or sound like a cage. Not re­lat­ed et­y­mo­log­i­cal­ly at all.

But it is re­lat­ed to the Eng­lish word for a par­tic­u­lar type of cage: jail.

Al­though not ob­vi­ous, since the “j” is pro­nounced with the throat-clear­ing Ara­bic sound, both come from the French jaole (for­mer­ly ge­ole).

You can see this in the j‑l root in both.


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