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We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).
die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall
A fun look at the meaning of "wehren" and why a damn evolved into all kinds of words for fighting and defending.
wehren, das Wehr, die Feuerwehr, die Notwehr, die Bundeswehr, abwehren, das Gewehr, verteidigen
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The original core of this root was a sense of:
death, exhaustion, collapsing
But this soon shifted toward the idea of “lack of something”.
In English to need , and also in the Slavic branch, the sense shifted further toward the idea of need.
In German, it is also about lack, but it kept more of a sense of emergency.