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The word abracadabra—the favorite exclamation of magicians—may derive from a phrase in Hebrew that means ‘I will create as I speak’. At least, that is one of several folk etymologies that are associated with the word; others suggest that it originated in Latin, Greek, or one of several other Hebrew phrases (perhaps the Hebrew-Aramaic phrase avra […]more
Perhaps the wildest of all the parts of speech, the interjection accounts for a fun swath of the English language, including curse words, expressions of joy, greetings, and even pseudo-magical incantations. Some of them you’ve probably heard before, but others will probably be new. Before you know it – bada bing! – we might be hearing these terms everywhere.more