A fun look at the meaning of "spalten" and its family and what that has (or doesn't have) to do with splitting a bill and rewinding a song.
spalten, der Spalt, die Spalte, die Spule, vorspulen, der Splitter,
The core idea of this root was:
And its main field of use originally was “kneading” clay to build a house.
The sense has broadened a lot in the verb to make, but the original sense is still visible in most of the other relatives.
- mass (originally: “unshaped lump of matter”)
- match (originally: “masses fitting well”)
- magma (originally: “thick dough like matter”)
- among (originally: “kneaded together”)