The Big List

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This is the list, some 400 word and phrase origins. The words and phrases are selected because their origins are inherently interesting or because some bit of folklore, sometimes true and sometimes false, is associated with the origin. The etymologies of common words with straightforward explanations can be found in any good dictionary and I do not attempt to reproduce them here. Many, if not most, of the words have been added as a result of questions or suggestions from readers of the site.

yard

York / New York

ytterbium

yttrium

Yukon

zero gravity, zero g, microgravity

zinc

zircon

zirconium / zircon

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