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Gerald Erichsen

Put on a Show With Mostrar

By December 17, 2012

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Here's an interesting etymological tidbit I just discovered: Despite their vastly different meanings, there's a connection between the words "monster" and "demonstration": Both come from a Latin family of words with meanings that include "to show," "to point out" and "to warn."

What does this have to do with Spanish? Not much, except that those same Latin words also gave us the Spanish words mostrar and demostrar, the subjects of our newest lesson. Although there's nothing monstrous about them, they do convey the idea of showing.

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