I was reading an article on the interwebs and ran across this word, “kismet.” This is the first time I have noticed it enough to investigate.
The word “kismet” appears in the context of the original article as follows:
“Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (let’s all pause a moment to reflect on kismet of that surname/job combination) made this video...”
etymonline offers: kismet
1834, from Turk. qismet, from Arabic qismah, qismat “portion, lot, fate,” from root of qasama “he divided.”
I dimly recall hearing the word “kismet” but I never took the time to see what it meant. The context must have sufficed to provide enough explanation to snub my curiosity those times I have heard it. I’d like to ask if any here on the forum have often seen this word in common use.
google ngrams shows what appears to be a small, yet significant rise in frequency of its use in books after the year 2000: