March 21…….

On March the 21st, 1754, British nobleman and author Horace Walpole coined the word “serendipity” in a letter to his friend Horace Mann. Walpole used it in reference to the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, in which characters continually make pleasant discoveries by accident. “Serendipity” was one of the few Walpole coinages that actually caught on. His other attempts at word creation—“muckibus” (the state of being drunkenly sentimental), “betweenity” (the state of being in between things), and “nincompoophood” (the state of being a nincompoop)—didn’t make the cut.

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