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Tarde and Re­tard

The com­mon Span­ish tarde, “late”, is a close cousin of the Eng­lish re­tard.

Re­tard is lit­er­al­ly the re- pre­fix (which just adds em­pha­sis) and the Latin tar­dare, which means, “slow, stu­pid.”

From tar­dare we al­so get the Span­ish tarde. So, the ones that are the stu­pid­est do things slow­est — lit­er­al­ly!

Of course, we al­so get the Eng­lish tardy from the same root as well.


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