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8 Everyday Words Invented by Famous Authors

7) Serendipity – Horace Walpole

The Three Princes of Serendip features 3 characters who make a series of discoveries on accident, leading them to good fortune. The word serendip is actually another name for Sri Lanka, deriving from the Arabic sarandib, which derives from an island called Cherandeep that was likely mispronounced somewhere along the way. That last part’s just a theory, though. This all relates back to Horace Walpole because, in a letter to his friend Horace Mann (how one Horace managed to find and befriend another person named Horace is a miracle beyond my comprehension), Walpole mentioned the word serendipity and its relation to the lucky princes.

8) Pandemonium – John Milton

In the epic poem Paradise Lost, John Milton refers to the capital of Hell as Pandemonium. The dictionary refers to it as “a place where demons live.” So, with both of those things in mind, I guess it wouldn’t be too inaccurate to call Disneyland a place of “complete pandemonium.” (Mickey, if you’re reading this, just know I’m totally kidding. You know I love you guys.)

Info via MentalFloss. Image via Blogspot.

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