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Quizás and Savvy

Con­tin­u­ing the re­cent saber and sage con­ver­sa­tion

Quizás (Span­ish for “per­haps”) comes from the Latin qui sapi — lit­er­al­ly, “Who knows?”. The sapi in that phrase is from the Latin for “to know”, sapere, from which root we get the Eng­lish… savvy. Some­one who is savvy just knows a lot about the sub­ject!

The fi­nal ‑s of quizás maps to the first s- of savvy. And the ‑p- in sapere, al­though van­ished from quizás, maps to the ‑vv- in savvy.

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