What diplomatic term originally
denoted "the first flyleaf glued onto a manuscript"?
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The first rough draft of a treaty is
called the protocol .
The word derives from the Greek
protokollon , first gluing, which denotes "a
sheet glued to the front of a manuscript," which itself derives from the Greek
protos , first, and kolla , glue.
Excellent question! I didn't get it,
but I thought my guess was good--"ambassador" because it seemed close to emboss
d'or (gold embossing).
This is a nice one. I use this word
several times a day, heretofore in complete ignorance of its origin. The
question is hard but tractable. Another thought: you often hear an admonishment
"adhere to protocol".
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