Word Trail: The Origins of Cure and Secure
Read this on galpod.com.
I found myself wondering about the origin of the word cure and whether it is related to the word secure. I thought about the relationship only because of the similar sound.
Turns out, the words originate from the same root, cura, which means care. While cure means to take (medical) care of someone, the “se” in secure means without, so the word secure means without care. But the care that the word “secure” takes also means “trouble”, so that secure means without trouble or carefree.
I think it’s interesting that when we care for someone, we secure them, but not necessarily ourselves. In fact, taking care of someone means we are taking their cares, their burdens. I wonder whether that’s the only option and what to do when others’ cares are too heavy for you to take.
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