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Gemini 30: Bathing beauties

Gemini 30: Bathing beauties

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Gemini 30: Bathing beauties
The word
bathing
descends from theIndo-European (IE) root 
bhe-
which means
“to warm.”
1
Its paronyms include
bathe
,
bake
, and
 zwieback 
.The word
beauty 
descends from the IEroot 
deu-2
whi
ch means “to do, perform,
show fa
vor, revere.”
2
Among its paronymsare
bonny 
,
bonus
,
boon
,
bounty 
,
bonanza
,
 benefaction
,
benefactor 
,
benefit 
,
benign
,
herb
,
beau
,
belle
,
embellish
,
 beatitude
,
dynast 
,
dynamic
,
 
and
dynamite.
 
THEMES:
There are a number of words that pertain to
COOKING
and
FOOD PREPARATION
. Recall that one of the paronyms of 
bathing
is
 zwieback 
, a German word that 
refers to “
sweetened bread
baked 
first as a
loaf and later cut into slices and toasted.”
3
 
 Zweiback 
literally means
twice baked.
Another paronym is
bathe
,
to become immersed in or asif in liquid.
4
 
Bathe
is also a synonym of the word marinate, to soak 
meat, fish, fowl or vegetables in a “liquid mixt 
ure of, usually of vinegaror wine and oil with
various spices and herbs” before cooking.
5
Notably,one of the paronyms of 
beauty
is the word
herb
which means
“any of 
various
aromatic plants used especially in medicine or as seasoning.”
6
 The word
bathe
is also a synon
ym of ‘suffused’, a
word whose ownsynonyms include
overspread 
,
saturate
(to soak, fill, or load to capacity),
steep
,
flood 
(an abundant flow or outpouring) and
surfeit 
(to feed orsupply to excess, satiety, or disgust; to overindulge in food and drink).
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 8
 
2
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 17
 
3
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/zwieback
 
4 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/bathe5
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/marinade
 
6
 
http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/herb
 

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