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Pe­cho and Pec­toral Gir­dle

The Span­ish for “chest”, pe­cho, sounds com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent than the Eng­lish chest.

But it is re­lat­ed to the Eng­lish word for the chest bones: the Pec­toral Gir­dle.

The re­la­tion­ship is the Latin ‑ct- words trans­form­ing in­to ‑ch- as Latin turned in­to Span­ish. Thus, the pect- maps to pech- ex­act­ly. The Eng­lish word, on the oth­er hand, is tak­en — un­changed — di­rect­ly from the Latin.

Al­so from the same root, in Span­ish, es pechuga — the com­mon word for the com­mon food, “chick­en breast”!

The same pat­tern we see in noche/nocturnal, leche/lactose, etc.


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