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Tirar and Re­tire, Tirade

The Span­ish tirar, mean­ing “to throw, to pull”, has two un­ex­pect­ed cousins: the Eng­lish re­tire and tirade.

The two Eng­lish words come from the same root, al­so mean­ing the same. Thus, re­tire lit­er­al­ly means, to pull back (the Latin root re- means “back”): to go on a tirade is lit­er­al­ly just throw­ing out lots and lots of words!

Odd­ly, no one knows where this whole fam­i­ly of words comes from. No ob­vi­ous­ly sim­i­lar cog­nate ex­ists in Latin.

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