April 21, 2016
newsy (adjective)
\NOO-zee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: filled with news; especially : chatty
How do you use it?
Since she's been away at college, Amelia has sent her parents long newsy emails each week detailing what she's been up to.
Are you a word wiz?

Let's see if you can guess just how new "newsy" is. Around when do you think "newsy" first appeared in print?

The earliest known printed evidence for "newsy" appeared in the early 1820s, around the time that William Austin Burt obtained a U.S. patent for his "Typographer," an early printing machine similar to a typewriter. "Newsy" first meant "full of news," as in "a newsy letter," but the word eventually developed another meaning. By the 1920s it was being used as a synonym of "newsworthy," that is, it was used to describe anything sufficiently interesting to the average person to deserve reporting as news. Other words that came on the scene in the early 1820s include "aardvark" and "bathtub."
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