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Rec­haz­ar and Cazar

The Span­ish rec­haz­ar (“to re­ject”) does­n’t sound like any­thing in Eng­lish. At least not ob­vi­ous­ly.

The word, how­ev­er, comes from more ba­sic Span­ish word cazar (“to hunt”), which we’ve pre­vi­ous­ly dis­cussed here — re­lat­ed to the Eng­lish “chase.”

But how did the word for “hunt” be­come “re­ject”?

Well, lets think about it: you hunt af­ter your op­po­nent, your en­e­my, the big bad bear you’re try­ing to kill. You hunt af­ter that which you re­ject. Hunt­ing could then be seen as the strongest form of re­jec­tion!


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