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Saber and Sage

Saber (Span­ish for “to know”, in the sense of “know­ing a fact”–not “know­ing a per­son”) comes from the Latin sapere, mean­ing “to taste.” I guess you can taste a fact more eas­i­ly than a per­son!

From the same Latin root, we get (via French) the Eng­lish word… sage. Sagac­i­ty is a form of wis­dom — which is a form of knowl­edge.

The s‑b to s‑g map­ping is clear, and the ‑b- and ‑g- have sim­i­lar soft sounds.


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