der Traumfänger

(noun)

Meanings

1.
the dream catcher

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Word of the Day - "fangen"

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.

Vocab:

fangen, der Fänger, das Gefängnis, auffangen, einfangen, abfangen, empfangen, der Empfang, anfangen, der Anfang, beginnen


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Root: *pag-

The original idea of this root was:

fixating, fastening

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”)
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