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Re­cruit and Cre­cer

The Eng­lish re­cruit and the Span­ish cre­cer (“to grow”) seem like they have noth­ing to do with each oth­er. But looks can be de­ceiv­ing!

“Re­cruit” comes from, via French, the roots re- (“again”) and theh Latin crescere, mean­ing “to grow” — from which we get the Span­ish for the same.

There­fore, a re­cruit is lit­er­al­ly a “new growth” — it is how the next gen­er­a­tion is re­born!

In­ter­est­ing­ly, we al­so get from the same root the Eng­lish cres­cent as well.


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