Word of the Day: etymology

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Word of the Day: etymology

The word etymology has appeared in 31 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 3 in “Is It a Blizzard? A Nor’easter? And What’s the Difference?” by Camille Baker:

Where does the word “blizzard” come from?

It depends who you ask. A week after the March 1888 blizzard, The Times was already writing about the word’s etymology. “Blizzard was first used by those who first experienced it while settling in the Western plains,” one article read. “Until bereft of our own or better authority the American theory of the American term for an American storm will hold its own,” it added.

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