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d u o , du e t , en t w i n e , t w i s t , t w e l v e, t w e n ty , t w i n e , b a l an c e, t w a i n , b e t w e en , b i n a r y , c o m b i n e , di p o l e , d i pl o m a , d u p l e x , d u pl i c a t e , d o u b t , a n d du b i o u s . T h e w o r d a n g e l de s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t a ng e l o s - wh ic h m e a n s “ m e s s e n g er . ” I t s pa r o ny m s in c l u d e t h e n a m e s A n g el a an d A n g e l i c a , a r c h a n g e l , ev a n g el , a n g a r y ( t he l eg a l r ig h t o f a b e l l ig er en t t o s e iz e , u s e , o r de s t r o y t h e pr o p e r t y o f a n e ut r a l , p r o v id e d t h at f u l l c o m p e n s a t io n is m a d e ) , t h e G r eek a n g a r o s , ( a m o u nt e d c o ur ie r ) , a n d t h e S a n s k r it a j i r a ( s w if t ) . 2 F in a l l y , t h e w o r d b r i n g i n g is t h e a dv er b ia l f o r m o f t he a d j e c t iv e f u r t i v e w h ic h d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t b h e r - 1, “ t o c ar r y ; a l s o t o b e a r c h il d r e n . ” 3 O t he r de r iv a t iv e s in c l u d e a m p h o r , a n a p h o r a , b e a r , b a r r o w , b i r t h , b o r e , b ri n g , bu r d en , b u r i a l , b u rl y, c o n f e r , de f er , d i f f er , e u p h o r i a , f e r r e t , f o r b e a r , f o r tu n e, f u r t i v e, i n f er , m e t a p h o r , o f f e r , pr ef e r , pr o f f er , r ef e r , s u f f e r , a n d t r a n sf e r . T h e w o r d p ro t e c t io n d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t s t e g - 2 w h ic h m e a n s “ t o co v e r .” 4 O t h er d e r iv a t iv e s o f t h is r o o t in c l u d e t h e w o r d s d e c k , d e t e c t , s te g o s a u r , pr o t e c t , t e c tr i x , t h a tc h , t hu g , t i l e , t o g a , a n d t u i l l e .

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T H E ME S : W h il e t h e w o r d a n g e l h a s m a n y d e f in it io n s , a l a r g e n u m b e r o f t h e m me n t io n t h e s a me a sp e c t o f t h e ir a p pea r a n c e — W I N G S . I n t e r e s t in g l y , t h e o n e o f t h e p a r o n y m s o f p r o te c t i o n is t e c t r i x , “ o n e o f t h e c o v er t s o f a b ir d ' s w in g . ” 5 T h e w o r d “ c o v er t ” in t h e c o nt e x t m e a n s “ o n e o f t he s m a l l f e a t h er s c o v e r in g t h e b a s e s o f t h e lo n g er f e a t h e r s o f a b ir d ' s w in g s o r t a il . ” 6 I t c a n a l s o m e a n “ no t o p e n ly p r a c t ic e d , av o w e d, e n g ag e d in , a c c u m u l a t e d , o r s h o w n. ” T h is is v e r y s im il a r in m e a n in g t o f u r t i v e ( c h a r ac t e r iz e d b y s t e a lt h; s u r r e p t it io u s ; e x pr e s s iv e o f h id d e n m o t iv e s o r p u r p o s e s ; s h if t y ; a sy n o n y m o f s e c r e t ) w h ic h is a p a r o n y m o f b r i n g i ng . T h e S E C R E CY im p l ie d in t h e w o r d s f u r t i v e a n d co v e r t is a n t it h e t ic a l t o t h e o p e n a n d p u b l ic n a t u r e o f e v a n g e l i sm ( z e a lo us p r e a c h in g a n d d is s e m in a t io n o f t he g o s p e l, a s t h r o u g h m is s io n a r y w o r k ) . T he l a t t er is , o f c o u r s e, a pa r o ny m o f angel.

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