Clu Les Wunn Tries to Understand "Understand". Understand?

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Clu is getting me confused now.

Submitted: September 28, 2013

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I know the meaning of many words, but there's one I've never been able to grasp.  For the life of me, I have no clue about the word "understand."  I'm convinced there has to be some way of figuring out its meaning.

My first thought was to break it down to its root words.  I may be wrong, but the likeliest seems to be "under" and "stand."  But then I wondered, is "under" referring to something below my feet?  A geologic formation perhaps:  The "Understand Strata"?  I know I'm a little sketchy in the hard sciences, but frankly, I've never heard of it.

What if I divided the word differently; break it down so it reads "un derst and"?  But, what in the hell is a "derst"?  It isn't in any dictionary I have.  Of course, all of mine are in English, and it sounds an awful lot like German to me.

With it divided like this, the "and" seems to be hanging there, as if it were part of an interrupted sentence.  Perhaps "a man was walking down a street in Berlin, with his friend Underst and ..."  But if that's the case, won't I need the end of the sentence to complete the context?

Using a deeper analysis of the first pair of root words, the opposite of "under" and "stand" should be "over" and "sit," forming the word "oversit."  That's not registering with me either.  What is an "oversit"?  Is it when sitting is "over", and it's time to stand back up?

Logically then, if "oversit" is the opposite of "understand," then "understand" should mean that a person is sitting, and intends to stay that way.  Then why is the word "stand" there at all?

I'm really at a loss here.  Something is missing, and I can't get a handle on it.

Can I "understand," or does someone else have to do it?

Perhaps it's an object of some kind?

I can't shake the feeling the answer is almost within reach.  Damn it, I just don't know!

I wish I understood.


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