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Pedir and Pe­ti­tion

The Span­ish pedir (“to ask”) comes from the Latin pe­tere, mean­ing the same.

From that Latin root, we get the Eng­lish words, pe­ti­tion — which is, af­ter all, mere­ly a for­mal re­quest.

We can see the map­ping in the p‑d of pedir to the p‑t of pe­ti­tion. The t/d are of­ten swapped as lan­guages evolve and are of­ten pro­nounced sim­i­lar­ly as well.


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