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mis + take mistake


Etymology of free base <take>: late Old English tacan ‘get (especially by force), capture’, from Old Norse taka ‘grasp, lay hold of’, of unknown ultimate origin.

Note: This etymological information and throughout the document is drawn with appreciation from Etymonline.

Some semantic interpretations:

To make a “mistake” has the sense of “taking” something in the wrong way. When we mistake something, we do not grasp or capture that understanding.

Some orthographic investigations may include:

  • Effect of vowel suffixes on final, non-syllabic <e>, in contrast to compounding that does not force spelling changes.
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