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A to Z English Words With Surprising Origins

In Funny, History, Languages, Trivias, Unique on November 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm

A to Z English Words Origins

Henry Hitchings, an etymologist and author of The Secret Life of Words (which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Book Prize this week), presents an A-to-Z of his favourite words that have been absorbed into English from other languages. Funny, awesome as well as surprising origins of some common English words we hear everyday.

Check out all the words below:

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Do you know…

In History, Languages, Trivias, Unique on September 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden”…and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

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