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The Origin of Words

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Modern English did not happen over night. It evolved over time, taking in words from other languages around the globe.  "Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago," states the Etymology On-Line Dictionary.

Generally, the dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word. Know that over 50% of the English language has Latin roots; however, no one really speaks Latin.

So where do all these words come from? You are going to find out!

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