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The Meaning of "gelingen"

A quick look at the meaning of "gelingen" and how it is different to "schaffen". Also, a really really weird ending.

Vocab:

gelingen, gelungen, misslingen


Word Family

Root: *legwh-

The core idea of this root was:

light in weight, not heavy

It’s the origin of English light (as in “not heavy”, not the shining light) and lung and bunch of words based on the Latin *levare, which was about raising.

Some English relatives:

  • light (not heavy)
  • lung (the light one)
  • lever, leverage (raises, makes light)
  • levee (the raised one)
  • relief, relieve, relevance (lightening up, raising)
  • elevate, elevator (raising)
  • alleviate (raising, lightening up)
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