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Where Words Came From, Part – I

Posted on the 17 September 2015 by Amreen Shaikh @Amu1312

The English language has been originated and developed from an Anglo-Saxon base of common words: household words, parts of the body, common animals, natural elements, most pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and auxiliary verbs.

Other modern words in English have developed from five sources. I would like to share one of those source everyday through my posts.

Words which are created from Nothing

Examples of words that have just appeared in the language out of nothing are byte, dog (replacing the earlier hund), donkey, jam, kick, log, googol, quasar and yuppie. The latter two are acronyms (words made from initials).

Shakespere coined over 1600 words including countless, critical, excellent, lonely, majestic, obscene.

From Ben Johnson we got damp, from Isaac Newton centrifugal and from Thomas More: explain and exact.

Isn't that interesting?

Stay tuned for more such word creations! :)

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