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Mien­tras and In­ter­im

Mien­tras (Span­ish for “while”), comes from the Latin dum in­ter­im, mean­ing, “in the mean­time,” which it­self comes from the ear­li­er ba­sic pre­fix, in­ter-. In­ter­im has en­tered for­mal Eng­lish speech mean­ing the same, of course.

The n‑t-r root is vis­i­ble in both mien­tras and in­ter­im — but it is less ob­vi­ous be­cause of the m- open­ing sound, from the lost pre­fix dum (“out of”).

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