Word “discovery” and its meaning

UnusualBean

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I'm not sure what you're getting at, but you've prompted me to look into the word, and there's definitely something odd about it.

"Discover" comes from a Latin word meaning "to expose" or "to lay bare", and broken down further it basically means "to remove/reverse that which wholly covers/hides/shuts". It seems to carry the implication that the "discovered" thing was intentionally hidden or closed off, not that it was just naturally lost or not yet found. But maybe that's just me.
 

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