I was thinking about the words pronumeral and pronoun; I realized they both share a prefix, and are both proxies for numerals and nouns. I was wondering if there is any connection between the words since proxy also begins with pro. If proxy is unrelated, is there any reason for the two words to start with pro?
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the senses of the prefix pro- is:
This is the case of pronoun and pronumeral. The etymology for this particular sense is:
Now, what about proxy? The OED says that it was originally a form of procuracy, which is
The etymology ties this to the Latin prōcūrātio. EtymOnline provides some context into this, citing:
So, proxy, pronoun and pronumeral do all share the same prefix pro-, although proxy came about its pronoun through procuracy.