Words from wayback

The kind soul over at Tech Ramblings from the Rare Book Trade turned me on to World Wide Words.org.

This is a fascintaing site! It’s chock-full of tidbits and nuggets about word history and development. Lots of fun facts to memorize, just in time for the holiday party season! Maybe my wife won’t be too embarassed when I share that “January 5th was referred to as Old Christmas Day, back when the world was settling on a calendar”. That’s a nugget I picked up from this exhaustive article.

It’s as much fun as reading Bill Bryson’s The Mother Tongue.

Good stuff!

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