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The French word for “now,” maintenant, goes back to Latin manu tenendo, which literally refers to the idea of holding something in one’s hand. Over time, that expression also came to mean something that is “at hand” or “immediate.” The English term maintain also derives from Latin words meaning “to hold in the hand.” This is part of a complete episode.

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