From ‘Scientist’ to ‘Spam,’ the Surprisingly Playful Origins of English Words - Deepstash
How the word "scientist" came into being

During an 1833 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a spirited discussion took place to determine what to call those who worked in the different branc...

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From ‘Scientist’ to ‘Spam,’ the Surprisingly Playful Origins of English Words

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Many useful words and phrases start as a quip, wisecrack, or throwaway line. Andy Warhol once said that eventually "everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes," but it i...

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During the Sixteenth Congress, representative Felix Walker of Buncombe County, North Carolina, often said that he was "only talking for Buncombe." His earnestness amused ...

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Lewis Carroll and Dr Seuss have contributed many new words to the adult lexicon, such as snark, nerd, and grinch because they had an awareness of the fun-hunger surrounding readers.

In Seus...

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  • "Software" began as an unserious programmers' antonym of "hardware."
  • "Bluetooth" was a funny name for a wireless system...

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