to spare someone something
("jemandem etwas ersparen" - note that it's NOT about "sparing someone"! It's about mundane stuff like sparing someone a lengthy search by putting awesome notes into your dictionary... ahem.)
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Word of the Day - "sparen"

A quick look at the meaning of "sparen", what it has to do with German culture, and the various ways to translate "to spare".


sparen, sich sparen, sparsam, ersparen, verschonen, übrig

Word Family

Root: *speh-

The core themes of this root were:

prospering, thriving, going forward

The notion of prospering is still alive in the words around the Latin branch of prosper (to prosper, prosperous, prosperity) and also in the English to spare.

The sense of going forward is visible in speed. 

Last but not least, the root is most likely also the origin of despair and desparate which are based on the Latin sperare (to hope). So despair is  essentially about losing hope (for prosperity).

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