Sagittarius 23: Immigrants entering

T h e w o r d i mmi gr an t d e s ce n d s f r o m I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t mei -1 me a n s “ t o c ha n g e , g o , mov e ” a n d i s t he b a s i s o f “ d e r i v a t i v e s r e fe r r i n g t o t he e x c ha n ge o f g o o d s a n d s e r v i c e s w i t hi n a s o c i e t y a s r e g u l a t e d b y c u st o m o r l a w . ” 1 P a r o n y m s i n c l u d e p e rm e at e, m a d,

m e a t u s ( a b o d y o p e n i n g o r p a ss a g e ) , m e w, m o l t, m u ta t e, c o m m u t e, pe rm u t e, m u t u a l, a zi m u t h , ze n i t h, a mi s s, m i s t a ke, m is s , m e an , de me a n, c o m m on , c o m m un e, c o m mu n i s m , m u n i c ip a l, re m u nera t e, i m m u ne , a m oe b a, m i gra te, e m i gra t e, a n d c o m m u n i c a te.
T h e w o r d e n t e ri n g d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I E r o o t e n - w hi c h m e a n s “ i n . ” 2 A m o n g i t s m a n y d e r i v a t i v e s a r e t he wo r d s e p i so de , e s o teri c , in , i n di ge n t,

i n du s t ry, i n ne r, i n te ri m , i n te ri o r, i nt es t i ne , i n t ri n si c , i ntro du c e a n d t h e
prefixes in- and im-. TH EMES : T he f i r s t t h e m e c on c e r n s TH E INT ERIO R OF THE BODY . R e c a l l t h a t a m e at u s , a p a r o n y m o f i mmi gr ant , i s “ a p a s s a g e o r op e n i n g l e a d i n g t o t h e i n t e ri o r o f t h e b o dy . ” 3 T h e i nt e st i ne s a r e “ t he p o rt i o n o f t h e a li m e n t a r y ca n a l e x t e n di n g f r om t h e s t o m a c h to the anus and, in humans and other mammals, c o n s i st i n g o f t w o se g m e n t s, t he s m a l l i n t e s t i n e a n d the large intestine.”4 A s e c o n d t he m e c on c e r n s PA SSA GE t hr o u g h , i n t o, o r o ut o f s o m e t h i n g . R e c a l l t ha t t he w o rd p e rm e at e , a p a r on y m o f i mmi g ra nt s , m e a n s “ t o p a s s

1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 52 2 http://web.archive.org/web/20080211183126/www.bartleby.com/61/roots/IE127.html 3 http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/meatus?view=uk 4 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/intestine Starling Hunter © 2011 1

t h r o u g h t h e o p e n i n g s o r i n t e r s t i ce s o f” a n d “ t o s p r e a d o r f l o w t h r o u g h o u t . ” 5 S e v e ra l s y n o n y m s o f p e rm e a t e b e g i n w i t h t h e p r e fi x e s in a n d - i m , i n c l u d i n g i m b u e, in f i l t rat e, in gra i n, i nt e rf u s e , a n d i n va de .
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5 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/permeate 6 http://thesaurus.com/browse/permeate Starling Hunter © 2011 2

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