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Back

(entered into English around 885)

 

Without dispute, the term for the body which is used the most.  The term back is a noun, adjective, and adverb.  As a verb it is both transitive and intransitive.  There are dozens of phrasal verbs which contain the word back.

 

Common Teutonic and Old English  bęc,   Old High German  bahho, Old Frisian  bek, Old Norse,  Old Swede  bak,  Old Icelandic  bak, Middle Dutch  bak,  Low German  bak, Swedish  tillbaka rygg,  Afrikaans  terug  rug,  Danish  ryg   tilbage,   Norwegian  rygg  tilbake,  Dutch   rugstuck,    Latin  tergum  dorsum,  French  dos,  Spanish  espalda  dorso

prefixes and suffixes which

pertains to back:

dorsal-, dorsa-, dorso- (Latin: back)

manus- (Latin: back of hand)

pedis- (Latin: back of foot)

 

                                 homophones: back vs. bac

 

                                no homographs

                              minimal pairs: back vs. Bach 

                               back vs. bake 

                              back vs. pack

 

back (noun)

rear or convex surface of the human body which extends

 from the neck to the lower end of the spine   

 

 

 

 Thank God, he only sprang, not break, his back.

 

 

 

 

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