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Etymology of “fall”

Posted by Johannes on 17 January 2009

Etymology of fall.

The verb fall came from the Latin fallo (fallere), which is a soft form of the Greek verb sfallo (fall, make someone to fall, deceive, make mistake; σφάλλω).

From the same root.
Fallacy, fail, false

In modern Greek
a) sfallo:
make a mistake, be wrong mistaken [σφάλλω]
b) sfalma: mistake, error, fault, inaccuracy [σφάλμα]

Το ρήμα fall (πέφτω, υποκύπτω, κλ) προέρχεται από το Λατινικό fallo (fallere), το οποίο με τη σειρά του προέρχεται από το Ελληνικό σφάλλω (κυριολ.: κάνω κάποιον να πέσει, ανατρέπω κατά την πάλη).

sfallo (σφάλλω) –> fallo –> fall

Comment.: Others etymologize fallo and fail from the Greek verb filo (I deceive; φηλώ)

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