Dictionary Indo-European Root *spere-



ankle (English sources), kicking/twitching with the foot (German sources)
(German and English sources mention a different core meaning of the root, but both relate to the foot. Notable English members are "to spur", "spurn" and "spoor".)

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Word of the Day - "spüren"

In this episode, we'll explore the word "spüren". We'll see where it comes from, what the difference is to "fühlen" and which nice related words there are.


spüren, das Gespür, die Spur, spuren, aufspüren, spurlos, verspüren

Word Family

Root: *spere-

The core idea of the root (according to English sources) was:


German sources have the meaning for focused on motion and describe it as

twitching with the foot, unrest

In German, it shifted toward a sense of tracking (by foot) and then kept going toward the sense of perceiving.

English doesn’t have many relatives – spur, spoor, spurn.
They haven’t shifted their meaning as much, so they’re still somewhat close to ankle or to a broad sense of twitching.

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