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Par and Peer, Pair, Disparage

The Spanish for “equal”, par, has a few useful parallels in English. All — in Spanish and English — come from the same Latin root par meaning “equal”.

  • Pair — A pair is really two equals together, literally.
  • Peer — Your peer is someone who is your equal, or at least at an equal level to you.
  • Disparage — is literally to note that someone is not your equal, with the dis- negative prefix before the p‑r root.

In all of these, we can see the p‑r mapping consistently and easily.


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