The origin of words has fascinated millions of people for thousands. There have been extensive studies on the origin and first use of words that retain their original meaning today. Words that have the same meaning and sound similar are called cognates. Some of these words belong to the core vocabulary of all languages. In many cases, you can see or hear the root of a cognate as it has been adopted and adapted in different languages over millenia. An example is the world that in English means father. You can hear the similarity in other languages – pere in French, pater in Latin or pitar in Sanskrit. One of the oldest words on record is yam, a word of West African origin that is said to be the root of the word yum, which means something good to eat.
Today, we eagerly anticipate the release of the new words that will be added to the dictionary each year. In 2017, over 250 words made their way into the lexicon of our communications. Lexicon, by the way, means the words used and spoken by a group of people. It has been in use since the late 1500’s and is probably of Greek origin. In 2018, there was a bumper crop of over 800 new words added to the Merriam Webster dictionary to the delight of wordies everywhere. Wordie, by the way, is one of the words added this year to describe a person with a penchant for all things related to words. It, along with cryptocurrency, chiweenie (a cross between a Chihuahua and a Daschaund – otherwise known as a weenie dog,) Wanderworts, glamping, and dumpster fire are words sure to soon make their way into a cross word puzzle near you.
There is another popular word that has been in our lexicon for years now, and that’s Groupon. It’s origin dates to the year 2008 when a Chicago based entrepreneur realized large groups of people could leverage their buying power via coupons good for discounts at their local businesses. It didn’t take long for that name to catch on, and today you can harness the power of a money saving Groupon in Chicago, and thousands of cities around the world. There is a Groupon available for nearly every type of business imaginable, from your local eatery, to nationwide chains like Walgreens. With a Walgreens coupon, you can save a significant amount of money when you use Groupon codes instore or online. There’s no need to clip anything from those annoying circulars that crowd your mailbox, and no fees to use or monthly subscription costs to bear. You simply tap the app on your smart phone and apply the deal at checkout.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, you can save 35% off portraits and posters when you use a Walgreens coupon from Groupon. That means you can take all those photos she loves to show her friends and put them into one little album. Then when she brings out her Nana’s Brag Book, she won’t have to repeat herself about who’s doing what. You can have captions and filters added to the book, so it tells its own story.
By the way, Groupon isn’t the only good thing to come out of Chicago. Walgreens has been in our lexicon since starting in Chicago in 1901.