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Torcer and Tor­ture

Torcer, Span­ish for “to twist”, as well as re­torcer (mean­ing the same) both come from the Latin root tor­quere.

From the Latin tor­quere, we al­so get the Eng­lish… tor­ture. You can see the t‑r-k sound map­ping to the Eng­lish t‑r-t, since the “k” sounds are very sim­i­lar to the “t” sounds.

Tor­ture, af­ter all, is just an ex­treme form of be­ing twist­ed: men­tal­ly, phys­i­cal­ly, in all ways.

From the same root, we al­so get the Eng­lish… to thwart. Fun­ni­ly enough, to thwart is–in a sense–the ex­act op­po­site of tor­ture.


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