100 Words Fiction Exercise: Story of a Word

This is Tony’s Prompt:

Look up the etymology of any word you like.  Write the story of that word.  100 words.

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  1. The old man looks up from the gargantuous volume that he’s poring over, turns to me, asks, “if you were to attach a verb to ‘whereabouts,’ would it be singular or plural?” I stop (but retain myself from dropping and rolling) and crinkle my nose in thought. Plural. Definitely. Wait, one’s whereabouts refers to location—singular. Hmm. I feel permanent creases forming on the bridge of my nose. I’m going to look like that old man in about 30 more seconds. Maybe if those Englishmen hadn’t been so delirious with plague they would have stuck with “yo, where you at?”

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