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Salir, Saltar — Assault, Salient

Salir, the common Spanish word meaning, “to leave” sounds like it has nothing to do with anything. Or does it?

Salir comes from the Latin salire meaning the same, “to jump”. Surprise, surprise.

From this same Latin root was get a bunch of fun English words, including:

  • Assault — an assault is literally someone jumping out at you!
  • Assail — the same as an assault!
  • Salient — that which stands out at you is, literally, that which jumps out at you!

We also get another Spanish word from the same root: saltar (“to jump”). You can see the s‑l mapping across all descendants of the word!


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