In Latin fans means "speaking"; the Romans called them "those
who cannot speak"; what do we call them?
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The word infant derives from the Latin infantem , young child; this is a noun use of an
adjective that means "unable to speak" (from Latin in , not, and fans ,
That's really clever. I never would
have thought of that even though I had 4 years of Latin in High
Thanks! I did Latin for
ten or more years and yet I had never realized this
OK: You finally stumped me:) (first time in a
while). Thanks for the challenge.
The Latin verb fari
means "(to) speak" (infinitive), and the form fans (present participle) means "speaking". But thank
you for the etymology anyway!
And thank you for the correction. Change made.
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