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Volver and Vul­va

It might seem ob­vi­ous in ret­ro­spect but it was­n’t at the time. Vul­va (yes, that word!) and the Span­ish for “to re­turn”, volver, all come from the same root: the Latin vol­vere al­so mean­ing “to re­turn.” Yes, the words are al­most iden­ti­cal and the v‑l-v in both maps ex­act­ly to the oth­er. It should have been glar­ing­ly ob­vi­ous, I just nev­er re­al­ized it! The vul­va, af­ter all, does roll back and forth! (Sor­ry, I could­n’t re­sist the com­ment!).

Lots of oth­er su­per-in­ter­est­ing words come from the same root: valve, etc. Over the next weeks we’ll post them too! Volver is a par­tic­u­lar­ly rich root; peo­ple have been go­ing back and forth since time im­memo­r­i­al!

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