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Ras­gar and Sec­tion

The Span­ish for “to scratch”, ras­gar, comes from the Latin se­care, “to cut.”

From the same root, we al­so get the Eng­lish Sec­tion.

A sec­tion, in­deed, is just a cut in­to dif­fer­ent parts. And a scratch is re­al­ly al­most a cut as well!

We can see the par­al­lel in map­ping the s‑ct of sec­tion to the s‑g of ras­gar. Al­though the ‑ct- sound did­n’t com­mon­ly turn in­to a ‑g-, we can hear the gut­tur­al con­nec­tion if we sound it out.


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