Jussi Piitulainen <jussi.piitulai...@helsinki.fi>:

> Rustom Mody writes:
>> [ My conjecture: The word ‘comprehension’ used this way in English is
>> meaningless and is probably an infelicious translation of something
>> which makes sense in German]
> From a Latin word for "taking together", through Middle French,

Metaphors' galore:

   English: understand < stand under something
   French:  comprendre < take something in
   German:  verstehen  < stand in front of something
   Finnish: ymmärtää   < surround something

all mean the same thing.


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