"versprechen" has maybe the most ironic double meaning ever. Today, we'll find out what it means and how those two connect.
A fun look at the meaning of the prefix verb "ansprechen" and its various related words that range from being picky to eye candy.
ansprechen, die Ansprache, ansprechend, ansprechbar, sich angesprochen fühlen, anspruchsvoll
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.