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sulphur (n.)Related entries & more
see sulfur. The form preferred in Britain; however, the spelling's suggestion of a Greek origin is misleading.
johnny-cake (n.)Related entries & more
1739, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps a corruption of Shawnee cake, from the Indian tribe. Folk etymology since 1775, however, connects it to journey cake. Century Dictionary says "It is of negro origin."
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ha (interj.)Related entries & more
natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; early 14c., found in most European languages (including Latin and Old French) but not in Old English (which did, however, have ha-ha).
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bathetic (adj.)Related entries & more
1834, from bathos on the model of pathetic (q.v.), which, however, does not come directly from pathos, so the formation is either erroneous or humorous. Bathotic (1863, perhaps on model of chaotic) is not much better.
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pottle (n.)Related entries & more
"a vessel; a half-gallon measure" (however the gallon was defined), early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), potel, from Old French potel "a little pot," diminutive of pot (see pot (n.1)) and from Medieval Latin potellus.