etymology

I'm fascinated by the history of words. The roots of the word "conspiracy" mean "to breathe together." "Alizarin" (as in Alizarin crimson) means "juice squeezed out." It's all fascinating stuff.

galaxy

A luscious napoleon from the fabulous French bakery led me on a click-fest through Wikipedia. Reading about mille-feuille pastries, I saw a link to the Galaktoboureko pastry. My mind on the mille in mille-feuille, I wondered whether the "galac" part of galactoboureko might mean "many" or "million", something like the "mille" in my Napoleon.

So off I went to the OED to get a good grasp of the etymology.

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