THE WORD “PANIC”

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This is a post from one of my friends and I am sharing with you as we come to the end of Black History Month. This is not to send any panic through the community. Below Dr. Woods made a comment and I am sharing for the eager minds.

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Charles Woods ‘Picnic’ began life as a 17th-century French word: it wasn’t even close to being an American invention. A 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Françoise de Ménage mentions ‘piquenique’ as being of recent origin and marks the first appearance of the word in print. As for how the French came by this new term, it was likely invented by joining the common form of the verb ‘piquer’ (meaning “to pick” or “peck”) with ‘nique,’ possibly either a Germanic term meaning “worthless thing” or merely a nonsense rhyming syllable coined to fit the first half of this new palate-pleaser.

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