This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD "MACHINE"
Submitted by DAVID DEGUTIS (DUNSTABLE,BEDS - England)
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Greek 'meichanei', itself rooted in 'meichos', a contrivance.
Signature: Jonathon Green