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Sor­do and Ab­surd

The Span­ish for “deaf,” sor­do, comes from the Latin for the same: sor­dus.

From that same root is the Eng­lish… ab­surd.

How did this abs… umm, ridicu­lous et­y­mol­o­gy come about? Well, with the ab- pre­fix (Latin for “off” or “away from”), it meant, “that which is un­heard of.” Think of it as a metaphor­i­cal ver­sion of be­ing deaf: so ab­surd, you nev­er heard about that hap­pen­ing in re­al­i­ty!

This, this is self-ref­er­en­tial: it is an ab­surd et­y­mol­o­gy!


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