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A History of A*

According to the ONLINE ETYMOLOGY DICTIONARY**, the etymological “definition” of the indefinite article “a” is:

a form of an used before consonants, mid-12c., a weakened form of Old English an “one” (see an).

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Etymology Of The Day -Brooding/broody​: Pensive

Brooding / Broody: Two different words with different meanings, yet they both rest upon a common part – ‘brood’ how did these two come to be, and are they connected? 177 more words


To the Bar

Everyone knows what a barista is. We all have been to Starbucks at least once in our lifetime, either with a friend or addicted selves. But, where did… 353 more words



A layer of dirt or froth on the top of a liquid. Middle Low German “schum”=foam, froth < Germanic “*skumo-” < Proto-Indo-European “*skeu-“=to cover.


Stop using the pejorative term "gypsy"

Greetings! Now that I’m underemployed once again, I can come back to my blog to espouse opinions on the internet, as is my wont. Today’s post is inspired by an image I saw on Facebook, which decried the pejorative term “gypsy.” I’m on a perpetual quest to shed pejoratives and slurs and words that I have no call to use from my vocabulary, so this one got me thinking. 583 more words


Elicit and illicit – Similar, but completely different.

Elicit and illicit; two similar words with very different meanings, is the shared ‘licit’ part of a shared history?

Elicit – means to cause or provoke and the first record we have of it is from the 1640s when it entered our language from French. 214 more words



Not moving; lacking energy. Latin “inertem”=unskilled, sluggish < “in-“=without/not + “artem”=skill, application.