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Va­ca and Vac­cine

The Span­ish for “cow” va­ca, comes from the Latin vac­ca, mean­ing the same. From that same root, we get the Eng­lish.… vaccine/em.

Huh? How?

In­ter­est­ing­ly, the first, umm, vac­cine, was to give the cow-pox virus to peo­ple with small-pox! Thus, the word for cow turned in­to the word for vac­cine!

We can see the v‑c root clear­ly in both.


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