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Time, the tide, and the weather

A comparative linguistic note without comment

Spanish and Romanian both use one word to speak about both "time" and "weather" — but not the same word.

This is true to the extent that a speaker native to these languages will often wonder aloud in English what the "time" is like outside.

This is true also in spite of the fact that the respective cognates, tiempo and vremea, are not remotely similar.


In Dutch, the word for time is tijd. While this is not also the Dutch word for "tide," it is pronounced that way, and is near the etymological root of that English word.

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