English Words That Were Invented By Writers

by Lindsay Shapka in ,


Did you know that a lot of the words or phrases that we use today were actually invented by writers, journalists, poets and playwrights? It's true! 

I was delighted to discover that one of my favourite words was invented thanks to an island, an ancient language, a Fairy Tale and a writer.

Serendipity (noun) 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2.good fortune

The base of the word comes from the Arabic word for the island of Sri Lanka, Serendib. In 1754, writer Horace Walpole invented the word based on the title of an old Fairy Tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The Princes were always making grand discoveries by accident in the tale... hence Serendipity! 

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