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What diplomatic term originally denoted "the first flyleaf glued onto a manuscript"?

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Answer: protocol

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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