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Mil and Mile

The Span­ish for a “thou­sand,” mil, comes from the Latin mil­ia, mean­ing the same.

Here’s the in­ter­est­ing part: the an­cient Ro­mans would put a stake in the ground every thou­sand paces out­side the city, to mark how far away you go. And that’s why, from the Latin word for a thou­sand, we get the Eng­lish… mile.

Bonus: mil­lion comes from the same root–and lit­er­al­ly means, “a thou­sand thou­sand!”

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