*prek-

Meanings

1.
asking, pleading
(Notable English members of this family are the words around "precarious" as well as "pray".)

Word Family

Root: *prek-

The core idea of this root was:

asking, pleading

The German fragen is on the more neutral side, as are the Slavic children of this root which are also about asking. The English to pray shifted toward a very “intense” and specific pleading.
German forschen (to do research) is more proactive, but at the core of it is also a question.

The Latin branch shifted a bit toward the idea of depending on the will of someone else. In English, this then shifted toward uncertain, risky, dangerous That’s where precarious and deprecate are from.

0 0 votes
Article Rating

Questions and Comments

🗨
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments


Never miss out!

Join over 20.000 German learners and get my epic newsletter whenever I post a new article :)

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

🤞 Get some epic German every week!

I don't spam! Read my privacy policy for more info.

(function($){ $("#randomEntry").load("/random-word/"); $("#another").click(function(){ $("#randomEntry") .text("... loading ...") .load("/random-word/"); return false; }); })(jQuery);