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Lan­zar and Launch, Lance

Lan­zar (Span­ish for “to throw, launch”) comes from the Latin lanceare “to pierce with a lance.”

From this root, we can see con­nec­tions to var­i­ous Eng­lish words, in­clud­ing: launch (which is a form of throw­ing!), lance (it is the stick that the wield to pierce!), and even élan (think of ex-lanceare: to take the en­er­gy out of the throw!).

We can see the clear l‑n-z to l‑n-c (or l‑n-ch, in the case of launch) map­ping. The ‑z- and ‑c- sounds are sim­i­lar and thus of­ten swap.


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