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Meanings

1.
the trace, the track
(In the sense of something left behind that tells of your former presence. Can be foot prints but also traces of unicorn poo on a tree.)
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2.
lane
(in car traffic)
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track
(for trains and old magnet recordings)
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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.

Vocab:

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


Word Family

Root: *spere-

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

ankle

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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