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Sacudir and Percussion, Discussion, Concussion

Sacudir, Spanish for “to shake” comes from the Latin for the same, quatere.

From that same root, we get a bunch of English –cussion words, including:

  • Discussion — that’s when you shake up what you’re talking about!
  • Concussion — that’s when you shake someone so hard, they get hurt!
  • Percussion — that’s when you shake the drums a lot!

You can see the s-c in reverse in the Spanish sacudir and the –cussion words.

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