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The roots of the term “serendipity”

Here’s an interesting linguistic fact for you: the term “serendipity” has its roots in the ancient Persian tale called “The Three Princes of Serendip.” In this delightful story, the protagonists made unexpected and fortunate discoveries through chance occurrences. Inspired by their experiences, Horace Walpole coined the term “serendipity” to describe the act of making valuable and remarkable discoveries by sheer luck or accident. It’s fascinating how language preserves and carries cultural narratives, connecting us to stories from the past. 📚

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