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I am studying Spanish - or attempting to - and came upon the Spanish word "tranquilo", which, big surprise translates to "quiet" in English. This led me to suspect a Latin origin, which proved true, but also English gained two words via French from the Latin mother: quiet and tranquil. I was curious what happened to the "quietus" gene in Latin's other daughters and sons, or better yet the progeny of the PIE root: qwi. The latter was not obvious and apparent, but, naturally the common Romance languages all had variations of "tranquil".
William A. Hupy
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Can't help on tranquilo, but I commend your study of Spanish. Classical Spanish to me is the most beautiful language in the world, and it's poetry is out of this world. By all available means find some spanish love poetry or religious poetry. Magnificent. Make sure to read the vowels as ah, ae, eee, oh, oo!
Let's not forget Shakespeare and his bare bodkin with which to make one's quietus. A tad beyond tranquil, I'd say.
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