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A Christmas Carol Based on the story by Charles Dickens Word Origins [email protected] Did you know? Dickens’ Christmas Carol created a new noun: A Scrooge has come to refer to anyone who is ill-tempered or unhappy.

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A Christmas CarolBased on the story by Charles Dickens

Word Origins

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Did you know?

  • Dickens’ Christmas Carol created a new noun: A Scrooge has come to refer to anyone who is ill-tempered or unhappy.

    Many other words in our language have originated form the proper names of people.


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Boycott

  • To refuse to deal with a person or a group.

  • Named for Charles Boycott (1832-1897), a land agent ostracized by Irish tenants for his harsh treatment


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Braille

  • A system of printing text in raised dots for the blind

  • Invented by Louis Braille (1809-1852), a blind Frenchman


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Derby

  • One of several annual horse races

  • Named for twelfth Earl of Derby, who started the Epsom derby in 1780


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Derrick

  • Machine for hoisting

  • Named for Derrick, surname of a 17th-century English Hangman

  • Word originally referred to hangman or gallows


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Guillotine

  • Machine for beheading

  • Invented by Joseph Guillotine (1738-1814)

  • French physician, as a less painful form of execution


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Mackintosh

  • Lightweight raincoat

  • Named for Charles Macintosh (1766-1843)

    a Scottish Chemist who invented rubberized cotton used in these raincoats


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Sandwich

  • Slices of bread filled with meat and cheese, etc.

  • Named for the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792), said to have asked for such a meal


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Shrapnel

  • Shell containing lead fragments that explode

  • Invented by English general Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842)


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Silhouette

  • Outline of figure filled in solid with color

  • Named for Etienne de Silhouette (1709-1767) French finance minister known for petty economics


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Watt

  • Standard unit of power

  • Named for James Watt (1736-1819) Scottish engineer who refined the steam engine


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