Friday, January 23, 2015

Google Dictionary

I have been re-watching the new Cosmos series (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) on Netflix. There is something refreshing about being reminded of how big, mysterious and wonderful the universe is.

In one of the episodes, he talks about how comets were associated with natural calamities, and how this superstitious association is preserved in modern-day language through the word "disaster", meaning "bad star".

In any case, I found out that Google Dictionary (using "define: word" in the search bar) is so much better. It gives you not only the etymology, but also the historical evolution of the word.

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