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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Word Mix-Up: BARE and BEAR
BARE: The English adjective "bare" is from the Old English baer, meaning naked, without clothes (or without shoes), uncovered. It can also mean that something is empty, as in the phrase "the cupboard is bare."
BEAR: The noun "bear" is an animal, from the Germanic root *beron, meaning "the brown (one)."
There is also a verb "to bear," meaning to carry, which is from the Old English verb beran.