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Aries 17: Two prim spinsters

Aries 17: Two prim spinsters

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Aries 17: Two prim spinsters
The adjective two descends from the r o o t d w o - w h i c h m e a n s “ t w o . ” A m on g i t s p a r o n y m s a re t h e w o r d s b a l a n c e , b e t w e e n , b i n a r y , d o u bl e , d o u b t , d u a d , d o z e n , d u a l , d y a d , t w e l ve , t w e n t y , t w i c e , t w in , a n d m a n y others.1 T h e a d j e ct i v e p r i m d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e r o o t p e r 1 w h i c h i s t h e b a se o f w e l l o v e r 100 p r e p o s i t i o n s
Aries 17: Two prim spinsters
The adjective two descends from the r o o t d w o - w h i c h m e a n s “ t w o . ” A m on g i t s p a r o n y m s a re t h e w o r d s b a l a n c e , b e t w e e n , b i n a r y , d o u bl e , d o u b t , d u a d , d o z e n , d u a l , d y a d , t w e l ve , t w e n t y , t w i c e , t w in , a n d m a n y others.1 T h e a d j e ct i v e p r i m d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e r o o t p e r 1 w h i c h i s t h e b a se o f w e l l o v e r 100 p r e p o s i t i o n s

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Aries 17: Two prim spinsters
The adjective
two
descends from theroot 
dwo-
 
which means “two
.
Among itsparonyms are the words
balance
,
between
,
 binary 
,
double
,
doubt 
,
duad 
,
dozen
,
dual 
,
 dyad 
,
twelve
,
twenty 
,
twice
,
twin
, and manyothers.
1
 The adjective
prim
descends from theroot 
per1
which is the base of well over100 prepositions, preverbs, and otherwords whose basic meaning is forward,through, and first.
2
Among its paronyms are
approach
,
before
,
first 
,
  former 
,
forth
,
further 
,
pride
,
priest 
,
primary 
,
prime
,
prince
,
principal 
,
 prove
,
purchase
,
proton
, and the prefix
 pro-.
 The base of the noun
spinsters 
is “spin” which descends from the root 
(s)pen-
 
meaning “to draw, stretch, spin.”
3
Its paronyms include
append 
,
 depend 
,
compensate
,
dispense
,
pansy 
,
pendant 
,
pendulum
,
pension
,
ponder 
,
  poise
,
span
,
spider 
,
stipend 
,
suspend 
,
 
and
spontaneous.
There is also theroot 
(s)ne-
consider. It means “to spin, sew” and from it descends the
words
needle
and
snood 
(a small netlike cap worn by women to keep thehair in place).
4
 
THEMES: 
The theme of 
NUMBER
is clearly evident. We have thekeyword
two
and several other numbers are found among its paronyms.The paronyms of 
prim
include words like
 first 
,
prime
, and
 primary 
eachof which imply the number one
.
We might also note that while
 prime
is aquality of odd numbers
specifically, those divisible only by themselvesand the number one
two
is an even number and implies couples and
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 21
 
2
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 65-6
 
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 82-3
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 81
 

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