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 compĂ©ter "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.)).