News (n.)

News (n.)


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Definition

News

noun
Stories and details of recent events being communicated between people.

History & Etymology

Well who would have guessed. Where people go for their entertainment they also go their for their news. Turns out news is the plural of the root word of novel, as in long work of prose generally fiction.

This original word was nouvelle which in modern French means news, but the older meaning referred to short printed works produced in the early years after the invention of the printing press. These works could be jokes, humorous stories, fairy tales, and even news.

You see news is just a plural of new thing, and when people wanted to read something new they would go where they can find new things, or you could call it a news stand.

Before the proliferation of the printing press the new information about current events was called tidings, or in Old English tidung. From PIE ti-di meaning division of time.

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