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Why is a ten-cent piece called a dime?

April 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Dime is derived from the Latin decem (“ten”) or decimus (“a tenth”). In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries dime was applied in England to the tithe or tenth part of one’s income paid to the church. According to the King James Version of the Bible, the last part of Genesis 14:20 reads, “He gave him …

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Which is correct, “these” or “this” molasses?

February 20, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Molasses is derived through Spanish from Latin mellaceus, “honey-like.” Since the singular and plural forms are spelled the same, the word is often construed as a plural when it should be construed as a singular. Molasses are, these molasses and those molasses are common expressions, especially in the South and West. They are incorrect except …

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