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Lev­an­tar — El­e­va­tor

The Span­ish lev­an­tar –“to rise” (in all sens­es: to rise in the morn­ing when you wake up, the sun ris­es, etc) — sounds pret­ty ran­dom. Noth­ing to do with ris­ing up, right?

It turns out to be from the Latin root levare, from which we get a whole host of words that, in dif­fer­ent sens­es, im­plies the same. These in­clude:

  • Leav­en — as in, leav­en bread: the bread ris­es!
  • Lever — the lever is what you use to rise some­thing!
  • Car­ni­val — the “carne” is from the Latin caro used for “meat” while the ‑val comes from the same levare. Yes, a car­ni­val is about ris­ing flesh!
  • Re­lief, Re­lieve — these words lit­er­al­ly mean: to light­en up!
  • El­e­vate — Yes, the el­e­va­tor takes you up!
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