Wordplay Wednesday!

Facts and origins of words every wednesday!

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Do you ever repeat words in your head, wondering where do they come from? Ever felt weirdly satisfied by learning about the origins of stuff? Three word facts and origins every wednesday for you!

 

Squirrel

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Word squirrel originally comes from the greek word skiouros (σκίουρος) meaning shadow-tailed, referring to the bushy tail of said animal. The original Old English word for squirrels, was aquerne.

 

 

Uncopyrightable

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This is the longest english word someone can spell without repeating any letters!

 

 

Sarcasm

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Another word with greek origins. The greek word being sarkasmos (σαρκασμός), originating from sarkazein (σαρκάζειν) in ancient greek, which means “to tear flesh”. Which is quite accurate, since sarcasm occasionally feels this way!

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