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Ra­bia, Rage, and Ra­bies

The Span­ish for “anger,” ra­bia, is cu­ri­ous­ly re­lat­ed to the dis­ease of in­sane dogs: ra­bies.

Both come from the Latin rabere, mean­ing “to be crazy.” So, ra­bies is lit­er­al­ly when a dog is act­ing crazy — and, at least in Span­ish, when you get an­gry, it is a form of in­san­i­ty!

Al­so from the Latin rabere come re­lat­ed Eng­lish words such as: rage, en­rage, and ra­bid.


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