Abracadabra!

Independent book stores are my heaven on earth. I love spending time wandering the aisles, searching for a title to reach out and grab me. On one such adventure I came across, Dictionary of Word Origins – The Histories of More Than 8,000 English – Language Words. I am a lover of words, writing, and books. Naturally, I had to purchase this book and discover all it had to offer. As it happens I am also a big fan of the shows, How It’s Made and Modern Marvels. This book is a perfect blend of my natural love and fascination with words and learning about the world.

Disclaimer: In an attempt to keep my sanity while I struggle with some frustrating health issues I have created a new project for myself, Word of the Day. Every day I explore a new word, its history, and share it with the world wide web. I am convinced that there are others like me fascinated by the meaning of words and how we as humans have created their meanings. If nothing else a fun new game to play, flipping through the pages…waiting for a word to jump out at me.

Without further ado…

Word of the day: Abracadabra

Abracadabra entered the language in the 16th century. This magical charm reached English, probably via French, from Greek abrasadabra (the c in the English word arose from a misinterpretation of the c in the original Greek word, which in the Greek alphabet stands for s). It seems to have originated (perhaps in the 3rd century AD) as a cabalistic word of the Basilidians, a Gnostic sect of Alexandria, and was probably based on Abraxas, the name of their supreme deity.

Source: Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto

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