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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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