zur Not

(phrase)

Meanings

1.
in need be, if we can't avoid it, just in case
(Pretty common in daily life to express the idea of "backup plan")

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The meaning of - "die Not"

We’ll look at the family of die Not and find lots of necessary words - literally :).

Vocab:

die Not, notwendig, nötig, benötigen, der Notfall


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Root: *nau(ti-)

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.

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