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Que­brar — Dis­crep­an­cy, De­crepit

The Span­ish Que­brar, mean­ing “to break”, does­n’t ob­vi­ous­ly sound like any Eng­lish par­al­lel word. But it is re­lat­ed to many sim­i­lar ones.

Que­brar comes from the Latin cre­pare, mean­ing, “to crack.” Crack­ing to Break­ing is not a far stretch at all — just a nat­ur­al strength­en­ing of the word.

From the same root cre­pare, we get many great Eng­lish words, in­clud­ing:

  • Crevice — yes, that lit­tle hole caused by… cracks
  • Craven — craven­ness usu­al­ly comes from be­ing de­feat­ed. De­feat is be­ing cracked.
  • Dis­crep­an­cy — A dis­crep­an­cy is re­al­ly just a crack in your ar­gu­ment, is­n’t it?
  • De­crepit — Old de­crepit peo­ple are those whose lives have be­gun to crack in every way.
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