Tag: Etymology

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10 words you probably didn’t know used to be two words

Everyone knows words like chillax came about from joining chill and relax. But did you know that words like electrocute came from electric and execute?

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11 words you’ve probably forgotten were acronyms

These days, we have lame acronyms like LOL and YOLO. But did you know that words like scuba used to be acronyms too?

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8 words that show how confusing English spellings are

From rationalize to rationalise and colour to color, spelling in such a way to please everyone is as easy as herding cats.

10 everyday English words imported from Asia

The OED recently added 19 “Singapore English” words to their dictionary. But what other “English” words are derived from Asia?