Friday, 16 April 2010

Word: Happiness

Origin: Happiness as referring to joy and... well, happiness, is a relatively new concept. Originally it meant being lucky. The word happy is derived from 'to happen', or 'happenstance', as in good luck. A man who had experienced good fortune was said to be a happy man.

Source: Herbert Bronstein, Happiness, and Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary

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