Word of the Day – April 2nd

People’s Top 10 Favorite Words

#6: Serendipity


luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for


“Old-time print journalists bemoan the absence of serendipity – the accidental discovery of stories that readers didn’t know they were interested in reading.” – L. Gordon Crovitz, Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2010

About the word:

In the mid-18th century, Sir Horace Walpole stumbled upon a Persian fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip (Serendip was the Persian name for the island now called Sri Lanka). The heroes of the story traveled about, making happy (and chance) discoveries. Walpole added the term to English in 1754.

About Ms. Burroughs

I teach 7th grade language arts at Edwards Middle School. I love anything to do with technology and using it in reading and writing. Learning shouldn't have to be boring nor should the job of teaching. "To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul." ~ Muriel Spark
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One Response to Word of the Day – April 2nd

  1. I happen to love, love, love this word, or rather, the whole idea of the word. It isn’t the most intriguing word or anything, but after seeing “Serendipity” the movie, the word took on a whole new meaning. My boys probably won’t like the movie, it’s a romantic comedy afterall, but I’m a sappy romantic, so I love it. The trailer for the movie is below. You might get an understanding of the word through the preview.

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