Meanings

1.
to get done, to take care of something
(Very common in context of getting chores done or errands run.)
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2.
to kill someone, to finish someone
("jemanden erledigen" - gangster slang, just like "taking care of someone")
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The German Prefix "er-" explained

The prefix "er-" seems to be very confusing, but there's actually a common underlying theme. Today, we'll find out what that is and check out examples.


Word of the Day - "erledigen"

A fun look at the meaning of "erledigen", how to say "Never mind!" and what all that has to do with body parts, memberships and a certain Goethe.

Vocab:

erledigen, das Glied, das Mitglied, gliedern, die Gliederung, ledig, lediglich


The Prefix er- Explained - Part 2

Vocab:

der Urlaub, der Urknall, der Urmensch, erlauben, erfinden, erhalten...


Word Family

Root: *el(e)-

The core idea of this root was:

bent, bendable

With the ge-prefix it became Glied, the German word for limb/body part with the core idea of “what bends”.
The sense of ledig (unbound) comes from the notion of being flexible.

In English, the word limb is the only offspring I could find mentioned in etymological sources.

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