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Word for Wednesday: Fountain

November’s Word for Wednesday theme is fireworks

firework is a device with an explosive that burns with coloured flames. The word dates to the 1570s from the Old English ‘fyr’ and ‘work’. 

Last week we looked at the word sparkler and today’s word is fountain

A fountain is a firework which is propped in the ground and, once lit, erupts a shower of sparks in the shape of a water fountain. Fountains often produce whistling sounds and bangs.

The word fountain, in reference to a spring of water, dates to the early-fifteenth century and comes from Old French ‘fontaine’, from the Medieval Latin ‘fontana’. 

10 Nov 2021
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