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Author:  Magazine  |  :  Dec 25, 2022  |  :  contentment etymology gratitude happiness john-ayto word-origins
Magazine Dec 25, 2022 contentment etymology gratitude happiness john-ayto word-origins

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Gratitude'?

The Purpose of Life Is to Be Happy Most of us understand that we want to be happy. Not everybody, however, knows how to be happy, or is particularly good at it. Humans tend to project cause and effect externally, in that …

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Author:  Magazine  |  :  Oct 1, 2022  |  :  etymology john-ayto planes travel word-origins world
Magazine Oct 1, 2022 etymology john-ayto planes travel word-origins world

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Travel'?

Travel and travail are doublets - that is to say, they have a common ancestor, but have split into separate words. Their ultimate source is medieval Latin trepalium, a term for an instrument of torture …

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Author:  Magazine  |  :  Jun 19, 2022  |  :  algorithm etymology john-ayto word-origins
Magazine Jun 19, 2022 algorithm etymology john-ayto word-origins

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Algorithm'?

Algorithm comes from the name of an Arab mathematician, in full Abu Ja far Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780 c. 850), who lived and taught in …

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Author:  Magazine  |  :  Apr 17, 2022  |  :  etymology john-ayto thing word-origins
Magazine Apr 17, 2022 etymology john-ayto thing word-origins

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Thing'?

Thing [OE] “The ancestral meaning of thing is time: it goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *thingam, which was related to Gothic theihs time, and may come ultimately from the Indo-European base *ten stretch (source …

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An image of Gulliver, of Jonathon Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels' tied up by the Liliputians. In the book, Gulliver is the hero, and the Liliputians antagonists. In the backdrop of current political events, this image suggests an alternative.
Author:  Magazine  |  :  Mar 20, 2022  |  :  etymology john-ayto large word-origins
Magazine Mar 20, 2022 etymology john-ayto large word-origins

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Large'?

It’s true, it’s not the first tragic military action since the start of the communications renaissance; but it is the first to enter the western mind in a personal way, as if it’s happening to you and I. …

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Author:  Magazine  |  :  Feb 20, 2022  |  :  etymology jean john-ayto word-origins
Magazine Feb 20, 2022 etymology jean john-ayto word-origins

What Is the Etymological Origin of the Word 'Jean'?

Explore the history of denim - ‘Jeans of the sort we would recognize today - close fitting working trousers made of hard wearing, typically blue cloth - emerged in America in the mid-19th century’ …

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