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History

Wassail Was-what?

The holidays are a time for family, friends, fun, and. . . hazy traditions. Wassail is a drink or a time to party or something right? Dating back to Ye Olden Days? Or is it something more?

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History

Fortune

(plural fortunes) 1 .Destiny or fate. She will read your fortune. “¨I read about my fortunes in the magazine. Apparently I will have a good love life this week, but I will have a bad week for money.

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Writing

The Etymology of “Glamour”

Definitions 1. a magic spell <the girls appeared to be under a glamour – Llewelyn Powys> 2. an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness <the glamour of Hollywood>; especially : alluring or fascinating attraction –often used attributively <glamour stock> <glamour girls> <whooping cranes and “¦ other glamour birds – R. T. Peterson>

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Perspectives

The Etymology of Slurs

When someone’s in a hurry to get somewhere and they spill their breakfast on their favorite work shirt or they accidentally lock themselves out of their apartment or their car has a flat, you know what that is? Frustrating. Anger-inducing. Just generally unfortunate. But never “retarded.”