Spring, Sprang, Sprung

How did we get the hard-sounding spring when Spanish has the lovely, vowel-y primavera? Primavera comes from the Latin words meaning earliest blooming (primus + ver, which literally means spring but is referring to the actual blooming of flowers). Spring comes from the Germanic word springen, which means the same. It was first used to refer to the season in 1547, as the flowers were “springing” (or whatever the German translation) from the ground.

You guys, aren’t words fun?


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