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August 30, 2008

Where Did the Word Horse Originate?

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Hey Cherry,

Can you please answer my question. It is ... Where did the name Horse come from? I need it badly because it is homework for school.

Hope you can answer,

Grayson Aitken

P.S. Your site rocks!!!

 

Hi Grayson,

I'll bet your homework was due already and I'm sorry I didn't have time to answer this sooner. But maybe you can turn it in for extra credit !

Anyway, here goes..........first to the origin of the word horse. Well, wait a minute........let's not put the cart before the horse so to speak.

First, to help you find this sort of thing in the future, a few tidbits. By using the search phrase "word origin" in www.google.com you can find all sorts of sites where you can learn when specific words were first used and where they came from. Etymology is the study of the history of words, so if you feel real brave and can type real good, you could also type in "etymology" as a search term.

Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping AlmanacAfter doing a bit of digging, you'd find that the word horse appeared as "hors" in Old English before the 12th century, so showed up in the English language in the 1100s. But the origin is unknown. In other words, nobody knows who said or wrote it first but it began to be used around that time as the word to describe that wonderful animal we know as the horse !

Best of luck with your homework and come back and visit our site often !

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