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John Kelly

Dublin City, Ireland

Going down the rabbit holes of word origins | Writes: @atlasobscura, @mental_floss, @oxfordwords, @nameberry, @stronglang | Shakespeare: @bardconfidensh

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@SnoozeInBrief You make a good point. While a binge makes it easier to follow (as much as one 'follows' Twin Peaks), it does deny one the fun of speculation and reflection. It's also just nice and good form to savor things in an immediate-gratification age.
Whoa: the word 'need' could also mean 'violence' or 'force' in Old English, speculated to be from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning 'death' and thought to supply the 'nar-' in 'narwhal' (Old Norse, 'corpse-whale', for its color).
@DialMforMara @AdmiralMemo Yeah, definitely a word (evidenced as early as 1912), just considered nonstandard.
@SnoozeInBrief Curious: Did you binge it? I watched it serially upon release, and many people saw it was rewarding to view as an 18-hour film.
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