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Libra 16: A boat landing washed away

Libra 16: A boat landing washed away

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Libra 16: A boat landing washed away
T h e w o r d b oat d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r oo t b h ei d - , “ t o s p l i t . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y ms i n c l u d e b i te , b it ,

b e et l e, b oa t, t si m m e s ( a s t e w o f
v e g e t a b le s o r f r u i t s c o o k e d s l o w l y o v e r v e r y l o w h e a t ) , b i tt e r, b a it , f i s si l e,

f i s s i o n, ven t ( a s l i t i n a ga r m e n t , a s i n
the back seam of a jacket). T h e w o r d l
Libra 16: A boat landing washed away
T h e w o r d b oat d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r oo t b h ei d - , “ t o s p l i t . ” 1 I t s p a r o n y ms i n c l u d e b i te , b it ,

b e et l e, b oa t, t si m m e s ( a s t e w o f
v e g e t a b le s o r f r u i t s c o o k e d s l o w l y o v e r v e r y l o w h e a t ) , b i tt e r, b a it , f i s si l e,

f i s s i o n, ven t ( a s l i t i n a ga r m e n t , a s i n
the back seam of a jacket). T h e w o r d l

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Libra 16: A boat landing washed away.
The word
boat
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
bheid-
, “tosplit.”
1
Its paronymsinclude
bite, bit,beetle, boat, tsimmes 
(a stew of vegetables or fruits cooked slowly oververy low heat),
bitter, bait, fissile,fission, vent 
(a slit in a garment, as inthe back seam of a jacket).The word
 land 
is one of severaldescending from the IE root 
lendh-2
 
which means “open land.” Others
include
lawn, landscape, island 
, and
hinterland 
.
2
 The word
wash
descends from the IE root 
wed-
 
which means “water, wet.”
3
Its paronymsinclude
water, winter,
the prefix
hydro-, dropsy,inundate, redound, redundant, surround,abound, nutria, hydra, whiskey 
, and
vodka 
.The base of the word
away
descends fromthe IE root 
wegh-,
 
“to go, transport in avehicle.”
4
Its paronyms include
wee, way, wane,vogue, wiggle, vector, inveigh, invective,convey, convoy, deviate, voyage, envoy, invoice 
, and
viaduct 
.
THEMES:
Firstly there is the dichotomy of 
WET and DRY
as evidencedby the words
water 
and
we
, both paronyms of 
washed
, and
land 
, thebase of 
landing
.A second theme concerns travel on or over water. A
boat
allowspassage on the
water 
whereas a
viaduct 
can allow passage over it. The
1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 82 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 483 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 954 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 95-6

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