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This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
Selected from Michael Moncur's Collection of Quotations - January 12, 2014 The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. David Brinkley (1920 - 2003) In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
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