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Another Bouquet of Flowers and the Origins of their Names

In celebration of summer, here is another seasonal bouquet. Carnation. Does “carnation” have something to do with “incarnation” or ‘becoming flesh’? Some etymologists think so. “Carnation” is an obsolete shortened form of “incarnation” used as recently as 1993 by Gore … Continue reading

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laundry, lavender

Like “lava” and “lavatory,” “laundry” also comes from the Latin lavāre ‘to wash.’ In Middle English “v” and “u” were alternate ways of writing the same letter.   “Lavender” used to mean a ‘washerwoman or laundress,’ so it’s easy to … Continue reading

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