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Terminators: Wordplays for Ideas & Insights

Ethanol

Ethanol is grain alcohol. The word comes from the Latin 'aether' from the Greek 'ethyl' or 'ather,' akin to 'aithein' meaning to ignite. So when cowboys in old Westerns call whiskey "firewater" it makes sense two ways: alcohol really burns (as in alcohol lamps and in gasohol) and it burns when swallowed.


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