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Cancer 14: A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast

Cancer 14: A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast

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Cancer 14: A very old man facing a vast dark space to the northeast 
The word
very
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
were-o-
which means
“true, trustworthy.”
1
Its paronyms include
warlock, veracious, verity, aver, verdict, verify,
 and
voir dire.
 The world
old
descends from the IE root 
al-3
 
which means “to grow, nourish.”
2
Itsparonyms include
alderman
, the name
Eldred 
,
alto
,
abolish, adolescent, adult, aliment, alimony, alma mater, alumnus,altitude, coalesce, elder, exalt, haughty, proletarian,
and
 prolific.
The word
man
descends from the IE root 
man-1
which means “man
.
Its paronyms include the words
manikin, mannequin, mensch, and Manu.
 
The word
facing
 
is the present participle of the verb “to face” and a
derivative of the IE root 
dhe-.
4
 
Its paronyms include
affair, affection,amplify, artifact, benefit, boutique, bodega, condiment, confetti, deem,defeat, deface, difficult, defect, do, effect, efficiency, façade, fact, faction, factory, feat, feature, fetish, infection, modification, office, perfect, profit,qualification, sufficiency, surface, theme,
and
thesis.
The word
dark 
descends from the IE root 
dher-1
 
which means “tomake muddy; darkness.”
5
Its paronyms include
dreg, drivel, drab
(afemale prostitute)
 , ataractic
(of or relating to a drug or other agent that has a tranquilizing effect)
 ,
and
trachea.
 The word 
north
descends from the IE root 
ner-1
, “under, also left.”
Its paronyms include
Nordic, northern
,
Norway 
, and
Norse
.
1 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 1002 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 33 http://web.archive.org/web/20080211183126/www.bartleby.com/61/roots/ie295.html4 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 175 Watkins, c. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, p. 18

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