interesting things to learn about words

  • free goes way back to a base meaning 'to love'
  • a preterist lives in the past and is constantly nostalgic
  • a drop cookie is one formed by dropping a spoonful of dough onto the baking sheet
  • the transparency and luster of a diamond is its water
  • aggro is deliberate troublemaking (an abbreviation of aggravation or aggression)
  • cider comes from Greek sikera and Hebrew shekar 'strong drink' and at first denoted an intoxicating beverage
  • leech used to mean 'cure, heal' as a verb and 'healer, physician' as a noun

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