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It derives from a Latin word that denotes a "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot." When it entered English in the thirteenth century, it denoted "any wheeled vehicle." In the 1890s it was first used in the sense it is most commonly used today. What word is it?

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Answer: car

The word car derives from the Latin carrum, which denoted a two-wheeled Celtic war chariot. It ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo-European base *kers, to run. Note that the first OED citation for the term car-sick is from 1908.


I would guess that words such as "course" and the French "courir" also ultimately derive from *kers.
jack at

I always thought car came from the word carriage. I suppose carriage is ultimately also derived from the Latin word carrum.
easchoeman at

It seems to me that the "two-wheeled" part of the question takes it from difficult to impossible.
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nccshrine at

I thought this was a great question. Sure the "two wheeled" part was slightly misleading, but a fun quiz question ought to feint at some thing obvious. I love it. More like this one please. :)
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