the administration, the management
(NOT for an actual government, but common for all kinds of government offices. It's basically the boring, bureaucratic sister of "management".)
Create Examples with ChatGPT

Word Family

Root: *u̯al-

The core idea of this root was:

being strong, powerful

This idea went straight into the Latin verb valere, and it broadened toward the idea of being legit and having value.
This verb is the origin of a whole range of words like valor, valid, value, equivalent and prevail.
Besides this branch, the root is also the origin of to wield and of a bunch of well known names like Arnold, Donald, Ronald, Walter, Volodymyr and Valerie.

Here’s an (incomplete) overview of the English relatives:

  • wield (“rule, having power over”)
  • valor (“power”)
  • valid, validate,… (“having power”)
  • value, evaluate, DFV… (a form of power basically)
  • ambivalent (“multiple values”)
  • equivalent (“equal value”)
  • prevalent (“power in front, dominating”)
  • prevail (“power through”)
  • Donald (“deep value”… I know someone who would get an orgasm over this)
  • Ronald (“ruling power”)
  • Arnold (“eagle power”)
  • Volodymyr, Vladimir (“strong peace”… irony is strong)
  • Gerald (“spear wielder”)
  • Harold (“army power”)
  • Walter (“ruler or army”)
  • Valerie (“the powerful, the worthy”)
0 0 votes
Article Rating

Questions and Comments

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Never miss out!

Join over 20.000 German learners and get my epic newsletter whenever I post a new article :)

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.