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Some of us learn words to develop a larger vocabulary and do better in tests, others just for the joy of discovering new words. Words, however, show us something deeper as well: our shared origins.

What could an Iranian have in common with a Brit, or a Greek with an Indian, for example? Yet, when we look at words we find we are not that much different after all. Farsi's sitareh and English's star, Greek's aster and Hindi's tara, all came from a common root. They are children of a common ancestor.

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