Common Latin root?


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20 September 2018

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Common Latin root?

Does the verb s'asseoir and the crude English word for one's posterior share a common root?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate reflexive verb s'asseoir in Le Présent (present tense)"


Kwiziq community member

21 September 2018


Hi Stuart,

No, they are from different roots.

Ass/arse in the meaning of slang for butt/behind, comes from the Latin asinus meaning donkey.

Asseoir derives from Latin assidere (to sit down).

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