Stand. It’s the root of assist, insist, resist, base, basis, constant, distant, instant, exist, stable, stage, state, station, statue, stance, stay, steady, understand, (the) rest, restitution, substitute, subsist, substance, stanza. And stand. Plus Czech prst ‘finger’ and Greek oura ‘tail’.
Which is to say, I’m doing etymology right now, for my next book. I want to have multiple etymologies for about a thousand words, as food for thought, and so I’m reading a lot of small print and abusing the Unicode generator.
The text for the book is kind of done except for this. Meaning, I think most of what I want to say is covered, only I will certainly discover it isn’t and keep writing more. There’s a point where a book is mostly present but highly fluid, and this is it… I keep thinking of new things I should add.
Also I had an idea for another book. Though it will require even more research… I should go finish Diary of the Prose Wars just so I can simply make up stuff instead.
But for now, back to etymology. Why is it that just about all the Indo-European languages decided that the inherited word for nose was just fine, but head needed to be changed? I wonder if some of these patterns [from ‘defender’] extend [‘stretch out’] to other languages [‘tongues’].