A fun look at the meaning of "Kostehäppchen", the weird double meaning of “kosten” and the difference to “probieren”.
kosten, kostbar, kostenlos, probieren, der Bissen
Today, we'll take a look at the meaning of "suchen" and go over all its useful prefix versions and see what visiting, trying and choosing has to do with search.
suchen, die Suche, versuchen, der Versuch, aussuchen, durchsuchen, untersuchen, besuchen, der Besuch
The core idea of this root was:
being, existing, growing
The most famous English offspring is to be and the German forms bin and bist, but there are quite a few other interesting family members to be found.
Here’s an (incomplete) overview:
- physics, physical, … (“the existing, tangible world”)
- the beam (originally: “what’s existing, tree”)
- build (first “dwelling”, then “building a house”)
- neighbor (literally: “near-dweller”)
- husband (originally: “house dweller”)
- fiat (Latin for “be done”)
- future (Latin form for “going to be”)