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Pregunta and Count

Pregunta (Spanish for “question”) comes from the Latin per– (“through”) and contus (“pole”).

From the Latin root contus, we also get the English… count. But how do we get from “pole” to “counting”? Well, remember the Roman style of counting that you probably learned in elementary school, or at least I did back in the day — make a little pole on the paper for each number, and when you hit the fifth one, cross it through; then repeat — and we then remember that counting is really just lining up sticks to represent the total numbers!

We can see that the g-n-t of pregunta maps to the c-n-t of count.

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