Hidden resemblance

It is not difficult to see that German and English are related when you look at simple words: house and Haus, sheep and Schaf, book and Buch, sun and Sonne, we and wir, seven and sieben, and and und. Such words, so called cognates go back to one and the same word. They were identical in form and meaning, before English became English and German became German. Sometimes there are words which are not quite so obviously related: wife and Weib, tide and Zeit, knave and Knabe. But about town and meal and cup and fee and horse and timber? It takes some serpentine thinking to find the solution. They are Zaun and Mehl and Kopf and Vieh and Ross and Zimmer.

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