Do genius and genuine come from the same root? How closely related are they?
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
There is a probably a connection via the Latin word gignere "beget, produce".
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary genius is:
The same source says for genuine:
Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
The original meaning was 'inborn', making it likely the supposed connexion with genu 'knee' is spurious. However, the -u- in the word is unexpected: the root gen- 'be born', shouldn't evince that, whereas 'knee' would.
However, there is a parallel in ossuary: the Latin root for 'bone' shouldn't ever give a stem with a -u-, but it does here, and it's clear it's just a re-formation: there's no other root contaminating it.
Welcome back, aput. You've been missed. There is an old (at least medieval) folk etymology that relates knees and genitalia. The zodiacal sign of Capricorn ruling both parts of the body.