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Sugar, dear sweet Sugar:

You probably stop by your neighborhood grocery store to buy a pound of sugar and don’t think twice about it, but that sweet white sand has traveled a lot of miles to dulcify your lemonade or tea.

The word started out from Sanskrit sarkara. Persians came to India for other reasons, but developed a sweet tooth and took the word back as shakar. It became sukkar in Arabic, zucchero in Italian, zuccarum in Latin, sucre in French, before spilling into English as sugar.

People travel. Words travel. People settle in new lands and so do words. Did I hear someone say they wanted to make walls, close off people from one another? Here’s to more travel, more mixing, more migration, more import and export, and more sweetness in our lives!

Wordsmith by Anu Garg



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