Etymology Day, Part Six

Another installment of word origins!


Hapless – meaning “unfortunate,” first began use in 1568. Stemming from the Old Norse word “happ,” meaning “chance, luck or good fortune.”  Who better to illustrat hapless than Gilligan? 🙂

 sundriesphoto credit: elfie and me

Sundries – meaning “miscllaneous items” from the Old English syndrig “separate, apart, special.” Phrase ‘all and sundry’ first recorded 1389; sundries “odds and ends” is first found 1755.

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