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Racer nice'nslow (annoyingkid)
Race Number 3928
Date Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:33:08 +0000
Speed 73 WPM Try to beat?
Accuracy 97.5%
Rank 1st place (out of 4)

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Take, for example, bridegroom, or groom. In Middle English (ca. 1200-1500), the original term was goom (= man). The extra -r- was added centuries ago by false association with someone who works in a stable to care for horses. America's greatest lexicographer, Noah Webster, fought in vain in the early 19th century to make a man on his wedding day the bridegoom and all his attendants the goomsmen. But the English-speaking people would have none of it - they wanted their extra -r-, and they got it. The harmless mutation survived, and today we're wedded to it.
Garner's Modern English Usage (book) by Bryan Garner (see stats)

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