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A fun look at the meanings of "anhalten", and why one word can be about stopping and continuing at the same time. Also: the difference to aufhören.
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The core idea of this root was:
the front, the forehead, “what lies ahead”
It’s the origin of end, until and answer. It’s also the origin of anti- (originally about facing), ad- (“directed at”)and un- (in its sense of reversal). And most importantly, it’s the origin of antler, which most likely was cornu *antoculare – horn in ahead of eyes.
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Here’s an (incomplete) list of English family members:
- answer (“swearing back at”)
- the GOAT: antler