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Etymology: Word Origins

Where do words come from? How and when were they invented? Why are there so many different languages? Why do many languages share the same or similar words for the same things?

The answers to all these questions lie in the study of etymology. This concerns the roots of words and how the sounds and spellings, as well as the meanings, have evolved over time.

In this section of we concentrate mainly on surprising, interesting, and amusing etymologies of words used commonly in the English language today. To discover how a word came about often puts it in an entirely new light.

Discover where these words came from and what they originally meant:

Read about the history of each of these phrases and expressions here too:

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