June 12, 2013
luggage (noun)
\LUG-ij\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: something that is lugged; especially : suitcases or traveling bags for a traveler's belongings : baggage
How do you use it?
Whenever she travels to another country, Stacey always takes along a spare piece of luggage to hold souvenirs on the way back.
Are you a word wiz?

People have been lugging around their belongings for thousands of years. But what do you think was happening around the time that the word "luggage" made its first known appearance in English?

It's in the bag if you picked answer B. The earliest known use of "luggage" in print comes from the journal of a sea captain who took part in the last voyage of Sir Francis Drake. The journal is dated 1595. "Luggage" derives from the verb "lug," which dates from the 14th century and which comes from the Middle English "luggen," meaning "to pull or drag by the hair or ear." "Luggen" is most likely of Scandinavian origin and is akin to Norwegian "lugga," meaning "to pull by the hair." The English verb "lug" still means "to drag or pull," though unlike our Scandinavian ancestors, today we are more likely to lug something by using its handle.
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