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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
What does a marathoner have in common with a Neanderthal and a milliner? All three are derived from the names of places. The word marathon is from Marathon in Greece, the word Neanderthal is coined from Neander valley in Germany, and a milliner is, literally, someone from Milan, Italy.
These are examples of toponyms (from Greek topos: place), words derived from place names. This week we'll see five other words coined from place names (in the Czech Republic, Syria, Scotland, England, and Spain).
1. Relating to Bohemia, its people, or languages.
2. Living an unconventional life.
3. Leading a wandering life.
1. A person (such as a writer or an artist) who lives an unconventional life.
2. A vagabond or wanderer.
3. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
4. The Czech dialects spoken in Bohemia.
From French bohémien (Gypsy, vagabond), because Gypsies were believed to come from Bohemia or entered through Bohemia. Bohemia is a region in central Europe, now a part of the Czech Republic. Earliest documented use: 1579.
"The Green Relief 'natural health clinic' in a bohemian part of San Francisco doesn't sound like an ordinary doctor's surgery. For those who wonder about the sort of relief provided, its logo -- a can#nabis leaf -- is a clue."
Virtually Legal; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 12, 2009.
See more usage examples of bohemian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)