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Does NEWS really mean Notable Events Weather and Sports?

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I saw this on an Instagram post and it really made sense. I mean what else will news stand for…”Notable” “Events” “Weather” and “Sports”.

It made so much sense, but as i was about to post it, i decided to ask google. And i was glad i did. More like i was heartbroken. Read this from

Tamara Vardo, PhD candidate in linguistics

No, of course not. It comes from the word “new” which is a very old (yes) word of English, related to such European words as French nouveau, Latin nova, and Russian novyj.

It is common to claim that certain words derive from acronyms: “fuck” standing for “for unlawful carnal knowledge”, “tip” (giving a service person a little extra money) standing for “to insure promptness,” etc. Very, very few of these are true. The only real acronyms that became words that I can think of are scuba (self contained underwater breathing apparatus) and snafu (situation normal: all fucked/fouled up). Updated: and radar, sonar, and laser. But note that all of these are 20th century inventions.

Most words either descend from older words, or get borrowed from other languages. But I suppose coming up with an “origin” that is an acronym makes people feel all the letters of the word are important.

Kara Krelove

Cute, but no. A simple Google search turns up a much more reasonable etymology for a word that has been with us for far longer than 30-minute morning-news shows has been – “news” or “newes” was first used in the 1400s and ultimately derives from nouvelles, which is French for “new things”.

There are many more but the bottom line us that as sweet as Notable Events Weather and Sports sounds, it’s not what NEWS means…Sorry!!

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