universally valid

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Word of the Day - "gelten"

A fun look at the meaning of 'gelten' and why 'gleichgültig' means 'indifferent'. Of course with audio examples :)

Word of the Day - "gemein"

"gemein" means "mean" in the sense of "bad". But lots of words with "gemein" in them are about community. Today, we'll find out why.


gemein, die Gemeinheit, gemeinsam, die Gemeinde, die Gemeinschaft, allgemein, im Allgemeinen

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Root: *gheldh-

The core idea of this root was:

paying, giving tribute

In German, the verb gelten shifted more toward the idea of “being valid“, first as a tribute and then later in the more general sense. And the noun Geld eventually became the word for money.
The English yield shifted more toward the aspect of giving.

In the context of investing the ideas of  Geld and yield kind of meet up.

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