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lexical pursuit

  • the word assumption was first used with reference to the reception of the Virgin Mary into Heaven
  • etymologically, such means 'so formed'
  • archive is based on Greek arkhe 'government' and it evolved to mean 'public office or records'
  • a motto is a short phrase that usually expresses a moral aim or purpose; a slogan is a catch phrase used by a political party or other organization in advertising or promotion
  • snogging is kissing and cuddling
  • wallet was first a bag for holding goods for a journey, a bag for provisions
  • elaborate first meant 'produced by effort of labor' and as a verb it meant 'to produce a substance from elements or simple constituents'