Saturday, January 26, 2013

Word Mix-Up: PRAY and PREY

PRAY: The verb "pray" means to ask for something, to beg. It is from the Latin word prex (precis), meaning a prayer or request. The noun for is "prayer" as in the phrase "to say your prayers."

PREY: The noun "prey" refers to an animal hunted for food. It is from the Latin praeda, which refers to prey or any sort of plunder or booty. You can see the Latin root in the English words "predator" and "predatory."

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