Is ‘news’ an acronym?

Posted on Tue 20 Jun 2017 @ 12.00pm UTC

It’s NOT an acronym.

The various explanations about the word news being an acronym are all invented and back-engineered by various kinds of word lovers and word trolls trying to do ironic display of intellectual superiority.

The English word news is from late Middle English (roughly 1300s–1500s) — plural of the word new from translating Old French “noveles” and/or mediaeval Latin “nova” (‘new things’).

Some people just WON’T stomach the actual origin and insists it stands for “North East West South” or “notable events, weather, and sports” (with or without the Oxford comma) or somesuch nonsense — just as they also insist the word “fuck” is an acronym for “Fornication Under Consent of the King.”

Just as I insist the word “idiot” stands for “Intellectually Deformed, Imperfect, Obsolete Thing” — rather than the reality that it’s via Old French from Latin idiota (‘ignorant person’) that in turn arose from the Greek idiōtēs (‘private person, layman, ignorant person’).

Yer pays yer money, yer picks yer goods.

© Learn English or Starve, 20 June 2017. (B17076)

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