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Where does the word nativity come from?

The word derives from the Latin 'natal' meaning birth (1200–50; ME nativite < OF nativité < LL nātīvitās)
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Scrooge says 'Bah! Humbug!'? What is humbug?

‘Bah!’ said Scrooge. ‘Humbug! What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money? For finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer?'

How did Dickens change the English language?

What is Hanukkah? Why the different spellings?

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival in late November or early December.

Where does the word robot come from?

Robot is a rare example of a Czech word ('robota') being incorporated into English. 

What is the Rorschach test?

The Rorschach test is a diagnostic tool used to gain psychological insight. It uses 10 standard black or coloured inkblot designs to assess personality traits and emotional tendencies.

How did The Beatles get their name?

The their early press interviews The Beatles were repeatedly asked about their name - particularly its unorthodox spelling. They gave many different and often contradictory explanations. This one, given by John Lennon, is particularly implausible.