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Mano — Man­u­fac­ture

The Span­ish for “hand,” mano, has a first cousin in the Eng­lish man­u­fac­ture.

Man­u­fac­ture comes from the Latin manus (like in Span­ish, al­so “hand”) and the Latin fac­tura (which is from facere — “to do”, and al­most iden­ti­cal­ly in Span­ish, with an f‑to‑h con­ver­sion, hac­er).

Thus, “man­u­fac­tur­ing” is lit­er­al­ly, “mak­ing by hand” — the work of an ar­ti­san!

Al­so from the Latin for “hand”, and thus still cousins with the Span­ish mano is man­u­al as well: man­u­al la­bor is al­so work done with your hands–literally.


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