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  1. Anonymous
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    The word Phenomenom

    Hi,
    I was wondering if you could help me.
    Me and my friend would like to know the origins of the word Phenomenom.
    Which words they are made up from and from which languages.

    We cant seem to find any answers :(

    Thank you

    Sally

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    etymonline

    :) Try this site:

    www.etymonline.com

    phenomenon - 1576, "fact, occurrence," from L. phaenomenon, from Gk. phainomenon "that which appears or is seen," noun use of neut. prp. of phainesthai "appear." Meaning "extraordinary occurrence" first recorded 1771. Plural is phenomena. Phenomenal "of the nature of a phenomenon" is from 1825; meaning "extraordinary" is first attested 1850. Shortened form phenom is baseball slang, first recorded 1890.
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