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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
fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...
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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.