September 30, 2014
paradise (noun)
\PAIR-uh-dyce\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : Eden : heaven2 : a place or state of great happiness
How do you use it?
"The picture of several dozen boys and girls in a schoolroom engaged in study made a deep impression upon me, and I had the feeling that to get into a schoolhouse and study in this way would be about the same as getting into paradise." (Booker T. Washington, _Up From Slavery: An Autobiography_)
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In what part of the world do you think the word "paradise" originated?

"Paradise" traces to a family of languages from the Middle East. This language group is called "Iranian" and it includes Persian. The Iranian word passed into Greek as "paradeisos," which means "enclosed park." In Late Latin the Greek word became "paradisus." This was adopted by speakers of Anglo-French (the French language of Medieval England) and it entered English from there. Other English words with ties to the Iranian language family include "hamster," "magic," "pistachio," and "rice."
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