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Planet Earth

Darwin, Wordmeister

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerFebruary 12, 2009 12:48 PM

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Okay, you're approaching Darwin saturation, I know. But how about Darwin's impact on the English language? The Oxford English Dictionary credits him with the first use of 144 words. Did you know Darwin was the first person to use the word alfalfa in English? Or rodeo? Check out this post from my brother Ben for more. And be sure to read to the end to catch the most surprising neologism of all.

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