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Padre and Fa­ther

Father padre spanish english

Fa­ther is one of the most ba­sic words in every lan­guage and a trace­able pat­tern through­out the In­do-Eu­ro­pean lan­guages.

The orig­i­nal PIE sound “p-” changed in all the Ger­man­ic lan­guages to “f-”. This is re­ferred to as “Grim­m’s Law”, from the fairy-tale fab­u­list who first not­ed this pat­tern.

In the Latin lan­guages such as Span­ish, the orig­i­nal “p-” sound was pre­served. Thus, the Span­ish padre’s p‑d-r root maps to the Eng­lish fa­ther’s f‑th‑r root.


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