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It was coined in 1754 by the English novelist Horace Walpole. He derived it from the title of a fable whose heroes, Walpole explained, "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of"; what word is it?




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Answer: serendipity

Walpole derived the word from the title of a fable called The Three Princes of Serendip The heroes of the fable, Walpole explained, "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of."

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