Etymology is the study of the historical development of the meaning of words. Certain theoretical paradigms argue that words gradually move away from their original, genuine and correct meaning, towards a more superficial and fabricated form. It is certainly a fact that we all use words everyday without thinking very much about their actual meaning.

As an example, consider the following:

Humans are able to understand: a statement, a piece of music, traffic regulations, etc. But exactly where do we stand when we understand? The word in fact originates from the Germanic verstehen, altered into Old English as forstanden.
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