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Wednesday Word of the Week

Serendipity/Serendipitous means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. .

“What a serendipitous occurrence.”


Coming across something by happy accident – what a fabulous thing to have a word for! Serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754, from a Persian fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip, who were always making lucky discoveries.


My one complaint is that I spent years wanting to spell it ‘serendipidous’ (to go with ‘tremendous’ and other –dous words). But this is a minor quibble only. Accidental good luck – a great thing.