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Test your knowledge about common, ordinary words with quite extraordinary backgrounds....
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Test your knowledge about common, ordinary words with quite extraordinary backgrounds. For example, does the word mesmerize come from Friedrich or Franz Anton Mesmer (ca.1775), a German doctor who demonstrated the powers of hypnosis; The Old Ennglish form of mzed, "mind," hence maezmer, or the first apparatus, a swinging pendulum used for hypnosis, made in the workshop of a glassmaker named Mesmer?