Word Origins Quiz
January 2022

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From a Mexican Spanish word of the same spelling that originally meant “calm sea,” which signaled good fortune for fishermen. In English, in the first part of the 1800s, the usage was extended to mining and applied to a different type of good providence, initially meaning “a very large mineral deposit.” The definition broadened over time until it acquired its current meaning in the 20th century, “sudden wealth or luck.”

The word is:  Bonanza