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Question of the week - <repeat > and <compete> share a Latin root <petere> "aim at, seek" but are spelled differently. Why?
Matt made a matrix - but he thought <repeat> should be spelled <repete> to go with <repetition>
repeat (v.) <dictionary.gif>
late 14c., from Old French repeter "say or do again, get back, demand the return of" (13c.), from Latin repetere "do or say again; attack again," from re- "again" (see re-) + petere "to go to; attack; strive after; ask for, beseech" (see petition (n.)). Specific meaning "to take a course of education over again" is recorded from 1945, American English. Related: Repeatedrepeating.
compete (v.) <dictionary.gif>
1610s, " to enter or be put in rivalry with," from Middle French compéter "be in rivalry with" (14c.), or directly from Late Latin competere "strive in common," in classical Latin "to come together, agree, to be qualified," later, "strive together," from com- "together" (see com-) + petere "to strive, seek, fall upon, rush at, attack" (see petition (n.)).

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