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Sunday
Jan202013

Word of the Day, or, Why I Love Etymology

From dictionary.com, emphasis mine:

sar·don·ic

adjective
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.
Origin: 1630-40...alluding to a Sardinian plant which when eaten was supposed to produce convusive laughter ending in death