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Respirar and Conspire

Respirar comes from the Latin spirare (“to breathe”), with the reinforcing re– prefix.

Curiously, the English conspiracy comes from the same, with the con- prefix meaning “together”: a conspiracy is a group of people whispering together so lightly that you can hear them breathing. Literally!

You can see the sp-r root in both words easily.


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