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Lavar and Lava­to­ry

We’ve al­ready dis­cussed how the Span­ish lavar is re­lat­ed to oth­er words in Eng­lish like del­uge.

But there’s a more ob­vi­ous con­nec­tion, that we’ll dis­cuss to­day: lavar, mean­ing “to wash” is re­lat­ed to the Eng­lish… lava­to­ry. I guess there’s a rea­son why the British call it the “wash room”!

Both come from the Latin lavare, sim­i­lar­ly mean­ing “to was”. And we can see the l‑v root clear­ly in both.


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