4.28.2004

Words interest me
now don't think that I am bright enough to really geek out on this stuff
but I do get curious about the root of certain sayings, terms, and/or words
these two words seem so close
the roots are not as similar as I would think
and the meanings are not that similar at all
yet they are similar spelling and formation

from BRITANNICA.com

Main Entry: in·dig·e·nous
Pronunciation: in-'di-j&-n&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Late Latin indigenus, from Latin indigena, n., native, from Old Latin indu, endo in, within + Latin gignere to beget -- more at END-, KIN
Date: 1646
1 : having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment
2 : INNATE, INBORN
synonym see NATIVE
- in·dig·e·nous·ly adverb
- in·dig·e·nous·ness noun

Main Entry: in·di·gent
Pronunciation: 'in-di-j&nt
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin indigent-, indigens, present participle of indigEre to need, from Old Latin indu + Latin egEre to need; perhaps akin to Old High German ekrOdi thin
Date: 15th century
1 : suffering from indigence : IMPOVERISHED
2 a archaic : DEFICIENT b archaic : totally lacking in something specified
- indigent noun

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