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Pan — Com­pan­ion

The Span­ish for “bread,” pan, sounds noth­ing at all like its Eng­lish equiv­a­lent.

But it is, in­deed, a close cousin of an­oth­er Eng­lish word: com­pan­ion.

All over the an­cient world, bread was the sign of friend­ship and peace. Hence Eng­lish phras­es like, to “break bread.”

In An­cient Rome, your friend — lit­er­al­ly, your com­pan­ion — was some­one you broke bread with. Com­pan­ion, com — pan, con — pan = with bread.


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