'ver' is the most common prefix in German and there seems to be no logic to it. In this article, we'll discover its one core meaning and what we can do with it.
The core idea of the root was:
And very early on it was used in the context of leaving markings or making drawings and eventually, writing things.
In the Latin branch, we have the verb *scribere, which meant to write, which is the origin for words like script, prescribe, subscribe, describe and more.
Here’s a (incomplete) list:
- script, scripture
- manuscript (“to write by hand”)
- subscribe (“to write under”)
- prescribe (“to write across”)
- inscribe (“to write in”)
- describe (“to write down”)
- ascribe (“write toward”)
- transcribe (“to write over”)
- serif, sans-serif (“little stroke, draw”)