a person who splits a group from within by not, say, joining the skinny dipping
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The Meaning of "spalten"

A fun look at the meaning of "spalten" and its family and what that has (or doesn't have) to do with splitting a bill and rewinding a song.


spalten, der Spalt, die Spalte, die Spule, vorspulen, der Splitter,

Word Family

Root: *(s)plei-

This is one of several Indo-European roots that were about the core idea of:

splitting, splicing

This one is the origin of English split, splice and flint. 

The German Spule (coil) originally was a cut off round piece of wood you used to wrap your yarn around.

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