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Reírse and Ridicu­lous

Both the Span­ish reírse (“to laugh”) and the Eng­lish ridicu­lous come from the same Latin root: rid­ere (al­so “to laugh”).

Thus, the r‑vow­el-d-vow­el of ridicu­lous maps to the r‑vow­el-dis­ap­peared-vow­el of reírse. Note that the mid­dle ‑d- dis­ap­peared in the Span­ish ver­sion, prob­a­bly as the word was short­ened since the Spaniards spent so much time laugh­ing, it be­came nat­ur­al to say it short­er and quick­er!


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