The difference between "anfangen" and "beginnen". Preceeded by a lot of cool info about "fangen" and its prefix versions and what WIFI has to do with girth.
fangen, der Fänger, das Gefängnis, auffangen, einfangen, abfangen, empfangen, der Empfang, anfangen, der Anfang, beginnen
The original idea of this root was:
It’s quite visible in offspring like the German fangen (to catch) or the Latin based “pact” which originally was a “fixed agreement”.
But there are quite a few surprises in this family.
Here’s an overview over most of the English family members:
- pact (fixed agreement)
- pax, peace, pacify, appease, … (fixed treaty)
- pay (originally “make peaceful”)
- peasant, pagan (fixed plot of land)
- page (piece of paper “fixed” to others)
- compact (“fixed together”)
- pole, palisade, impale (“fixed piece of wood”)
- travel (from a French word for “work”, which in turn is from a Latin word for torture that meant “three-pole”)