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What do a closing door and random coincidence have in common? They both relate to the German verb "zufallen". Today, we'll find out why.
zufallen, der Zufall, zufällig, zufälligerweise
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The core idea of this root was:
It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.