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Li­bra and De­lib­er­ate and Equi­lib­ri­um

The Span­ish li­bra (“pound”) comes from the same Latin word word, li­bra, mean­ing, “pound; bal­ance.”

From that root, we get the Eng­lish: equi­lib­ri­um (lit­er­al­ly, an “equal bal­ance”) as well as de­lib­er­ate, which lit­er­al­ly means “to weigh care­ful­ly” (with the de- em­pha­sis).

In Span­ish, you weigh lit­er­al­ly — but in Eng­lish, metaphor­i­cal­ly.

You can see the l‑b-r root in all of the words.


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