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Old 08-09-2006, 11:17 AM   #114
Mark Freeman
Dojo: Dartington
Location: Devon
Join Date: Feb 2005
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Re: aikido and competition

Sean Orchard wrote:
I like that view of things too, and the etymology is correct, afaik.

The "com" part of the word is the same, and means "together"

In "companion", the second part is from "panis" meaning bread - a companion is someone you share bread with.

In "compete" the second part is from "petere" meaning strive or seek (its the root of "petition"). So "compete" literally means strive, or seek together.

Funnily enough, the Japanese 'shiai' carries much the same meaning.

Its all latin, by the way.
There's a good etymological dictionary online here:

Thanks Sean,

I appreciate the link, it's been added to my favourites



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