April 05, 2016
mirth (noun)
\MURTH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: gaiety accompanied by laughter
How do you use it?
The newly opened playground was the scene of mirth and merriment as the children ran over, under, and around the play structures.
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We'd be happy if you would answer this question. What kind of merriment do you think people were involved in when "mirth" made its first appearance in English?

Around the same time that the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618-907) was starting to wind down in China, the word "mirth" was starting to pick up in English. The first recorded use of "mirth" in English texts was around the year 888, in a translation by King Alfred the Great of a Latin book. It has been used without interruption since then. The adjective "merry," closely related to the word "mirth," was introduced into English at the same time as its cousin. King Alfred used "merry" in the same book, just a few sections away from his first use of "mirth."
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