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In Latin fans means "speaking"; the Romans called them "those who cannot speak"; what do we call them?

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Answer: infants

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 , speak).


That's really clever. I never would have thought of that even though I had 4 years of Latin in High School!

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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