Study The Origin Of Words With This Etymology Dictionary

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Have you had a glass of punch recently?  Have you ever wondered why it's called punch?

It actually comes from a Hindi word meaning "five", because the original recipe for punch comprised 5 ingredients.  The Punjab area of India actually has the same derivation, as it was once the place where 5 rivers met.

If you're a fan of word-related trivia such as this, you may even have wondered where "trivia" comes from.  "Tri" means three, and "via" is an old name for a road.  Once upon a time, people used to gather at the intersection of 3 roads to share interesting facts and stories.  

If you want to know more about the history of words, or etymology, then check out www.etymonline.com, which is an excellent online etymology dictionary.  It's free to use, and should work with any browser.

 

 

 

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