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Leo 23: A bareback rider

Leo 23: A bareback rider

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Leo 23: A bareback rider
The word
bare
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
bhoso-
 
which means “naked.”
Its onlyparonym is
ballast 
.
1
 The word
back
descends fromthe Old English
baec 
meaning
“backwards,
 
behind” and the pre
-
Germanic bakam ‘with no knownconnections outside of German.”
2
 The word
rider
descends fromthe IE root 
reidh-
, “to ride.”
3
Otherderivatives include
 palfrey 
(asaddle horse, especially for a woman to ride),
raddle 
(to twist together,interweave),
ready 
,
already 
,
raiment 
(clothing, garments),
array 
(to layout in a line), and
curry 
(to groom a horse).
THEMES:
One of the paronyms of 
rider
is the word
raddle 
whichmeans to twist together or interweave. This implies lines that are not parallel and at angles ranging from +/- 1 to 90 degrees relative to oneanother. The word
array 
means to lay out in a line. This implies astraight line. Thus, there is a dichotomy between lines that are straight and twisted. The theme is
ALIGNMENT
.A second and related theme concerns
DIRECTION
. Recall that one of theparonyms of 
bare
is the word
ballast 
 which refers to weight or any othersubstance that provides an object (e.g.a ship, a plane) with stability. This
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Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 122
 
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=back3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 71

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