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Volar and Vol­ley, Volatile

Volar (Span­ish for “to fly”) and its sis­ter vue­lo (“flight”) come from the Latin for the same, volare.

From this Latin root, we get the Eng­lish vol­ley — a vol­ley­ball re­al­ly does fly, does­n’t it? — as well as the Eng­lish volatile, which is some­thing fly­ing in the sense of be­ing fleet­ing: it is fly­ing away, time flies.

The v‑l root is so ob­vi­ous in all, that it’s al­most not worth men­tion­ing!


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