It was on this day in 1754 that the word “serendipity” was first coined.
It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” It was recently listed by a U.K. 292 more words
The curious origins behind one of Britain’s favourite words – and its link to Gothic fiction
The word ‘serendipity’ was invented on 28 January 1754. It was one of two literary creations by its inventor, Horace Walpole, that would achieve widespread popularity. 1,073 more words
I first heard about the British Library exhibition a few months ago, when I saw a poster advertising it on the underground. “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination,” it said, above a slightly unsettling image of a vampire casting a misty red shadow onto a wall behind him. 1,008 more words