Saturday, January 26, 2013

Word Mix-Up: ALTAR and ALTER

ALTAR: The noun "altar" is from Latin altare. It has the same meaning in Latin as in English: a raised structure that is used for religious ritual, such as a sacrifice for the gods.

ALTER: The verb "alter" means to change. It is also from a Latin word, alter, which means "other," as in the phrase alter ego. To alter something is to change it into some other thing, something else. You can see this root in other English words: alteration, alternative, etc.

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