Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Finally, As Promised Earlier, A Word

Having promised, in the early days of this blog, to occasionally post interesting words across which I stumble, I have at last come across one that moves me to post: presto.

"Presto?" you say. Seems simple and unexciting at first blush, but do you know the origin of this simple little word, so often used by magicians? I did not.

The origin of the word "presto", as used by men in black cape and top hat, is the word "prestidigitation", which means, skill in or performance of tricks; sleight of hand.

See also, presto...Italian for "quickly".

R

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Anonymous said...

here's another interesting word: sudoku

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